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Para-football gave Colin Shields ‘something to work towards and enjoy’

Published: February 19, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Colin Shields is on the brink of representing his country at a sport he loves, something that would have been inconceivable seven years ago when an accident at work left him paralysed.

The 37-year-old has a spinal cord injury that leaves him reliant on a motorised wheelchair.

His job had included winter gritting and he was carrying out routine maintenance on the truck shortly before New Year. Shields recalls how he slipped, fell off the side of the vehicle and landed on his head, breaking his neck. Continue Reading »

How Makeup Artist Steph Aiello Pursued Her Cosmetology Career After Becoming Quadriplegic

Published: February 19, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

In 2010, one day before she was supposed to start cosmetology school, Steph Aiello was involved in a car crash that left her paralyzed from the waist down with limited ability to move her hands and one of her closest friends dead. She would spend the next several months in rehab, gaining sensation in half of her back, but battling major anxiety and depression. A few months later, she found herself in another accident when a drunk driver crashed into the car her family was in, just one block from the hospital. Aiello was also diagnosed with cancer shortly after. And yet, in the face of such adversity, Aiello’s courage and resilience not only helped her beat cancer and become stronger, it also motivated her to pursue her love of makeup. Continue Reading »

“I have a lot of sports to play”, says wheelchair basketball player Kartiki Patel

Published: February 17, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Kartiki is headed for the Asian Para Games qualifiers in Bangkok next month

Almost 10 years ago, Kartiki Patel woke up in a hospital bed and couldn’t feel her legs. She was relieved, though, that they were still there.

She had been on a road trip with cousins to Gujarat when, on a turn, the car went off the road, down an eight-foot drop, then somersaulted. “I was sitting in the back, and I got juggled. I thought amputation was the worst that could happen at that point. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed Vermont woman receives hundreds of Valentine’s Day cards to decorate hospital room

Published: February 13, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

COLCHESTER, Vt. — There’s a patient wing at Fanny Allen in Colchester that’s filled with a whole lot of love.

“I’ve gotten cards from all over the place (like) New Mexico, Colorado, Florida, California, Washington state, Oregon, all of New England,” said Sara Conchieri. Continue Reading »

Spinal cord injuries can’t keep three Arkansans from living

Published: February 12, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Jen Goodwin did everything she was supposed to do — she graduated from college, bought her first house and accepted her dream job in Little Rock. Then in 2008 she decided to spend a June day on Lake Hamilton with her neighbor.

The two were boating around the lake, looking at the lights bouncing off the surface when he, standing on the edge of the boat, fell.

His head slammed onto the back of her neck, and she immediately knew that something was off. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed in 2014 crash that killed her beloved husband, Robinette Tilley stays in family business

Published: February 10, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Robinette Tilley is the boss. The fact that she rides a wheelchair now instead of a motorcycle hasn’t changed that.

Tilley was in her customary spot, sitting behind her husband, Don, on his Harley-Davidson when the motorcycle crashed on Aug. 29, 2014 near Mile Post 394 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Buncombe County. Don, 78, was killed in the wreck.

A shattered right arm, broken neck and pelvis, and seriously damaged spinal cord sent Robinette to six different hospitals in six months. Doctors told Tilley’s family she would never return home. Continue Reading »

Adult Stem Cells Treat Spinal Cord Injury

Published: February 5, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Laura Dominguez-Tauer is a living, breathing example of what it takes to overcome adversity. An oil spill on a San Antonio freeway is blamed for the car crash that sent Laura and her brother directly into a retaining wall in 2001. As she lay tangled in the middle of the car, she heard a paramedic say, “get a neck brace, she has a broken neck.”

“I didn’t feel anything. I couldn’t move my arms, I couldn’t move my hands,”

Laura was paralyzed from the neck down. “I didn’t feel anything. I couldn’t move my arms, I couldn’t move my hands,” Laura said. Continue Reading »

UofL researchers report activity-based training improves urinary function after spinal cord injury

Published: February 1, 2018 | Category: News

Activity-based training has resulted in unexpected benefits for individuals with severe spinal cord injury. Researchers in the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at the University of Louisville have discovered that the training, designed to help individuals with SCI improve motor function, also leads to improved bladder and bowel function and increased sexual desire.

Research participants receiving activity-based training conducted by KSCIRC at Frazier Rehab Institute initially reported improvements in bladder, bowel and sexual function anecdotally. Charles Hubscher, PhD, professor and researcher at KSCIRC, has documented those changes in research published today in the journal PLOS ONE. Continue Reading »

Half of spinal cord injury patients may still have some connectivity, Australian study finds

Published: January 31, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

The sensation James Stanley misses most is the squidgey feeling of wet sand between his toes. Sometimes it’s dangling his legs into cool water, and the feeling of soft grass under his feet.

“They’re very simple things, but when you haven’t felt them for seven years I just think it would be amazing to feel them again,” the 25-year-old said.

A rare surfing injury called surfer’s myelopathy paralysed Mr Stanley from the navel down when he was 19 years old. As he pushed up on his surfboard his spine hyper-extended, triggering a swelling and spinal cord blockage at his T10 vertebra. Continue Reading »

Adaptive Automotive Equipment Options for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: January 25, 2018 | Category: Information

This webinar will highlight a range of topics pertaining to adaptive automotive equipment for personal use and information for allied health care practitioners and other stakeholders in understanding and advocating for individuals seeking automotive vehicle modification solutions. Continue Reading »