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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Once a College Basketball Player, Paralyzed Athlete Now Curls

Published: February 26, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Steve Emt Wheelchair CurlingSteve Emt was rolling himself up a hill to a pie shop in Falmouth, Massachusetts, when the coach of a wheelchair curling team noticed the former UConn basketball player.

The shop’s name was Pie in the Sky. An interesting coincidence, Emt thought, when Tony Colacchio approached him and suggested that within a year he could turn Emt into a Paralympic athlete in a sport he’d never heard of.

It took a few years, but next month, Emt will compete in the Paralympic Games in South Korea as the vice skip of the United States curling team.

‘I might be quadriplegic, but I’m your doctor’

Published: February 26, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Dinesh PalipanaWhen medical student Dinesh Palipana suffered a severe spinal injury in a car crash, he was told his dream of becoming a doctor was over. Now he’s Queensland’s first quadriplegic doctor, working at one of the state’s busiest hospitals. Dr Palipana tells his story in his own words.

I didn’t grow up wanting to be a doctor. And I certainly never imagined practising medicine with quadriplegia.

I was exactly halfway through medical school when my car aquaplaned on Brisbane’s Gateway Motorway.

Paralysis Couldn’t Keep This Minnesota Farmer Down

Published: February 21, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

A snowmobile accident left Ryan Buck paralyzed from the chest down.

Ten years ago, Ryan Buck and Lauren Carlson had bright plans for their future. Ryan, 26, was a farmer in Goodhue, Minnesota, who sold crop insurance on the side. Lauren, 22, was attending school to become a dental hygienist. Farming was in his soul; she always dreamed of being a farm wife. Young, in love, and engaged to be married, the duo was ready to begin the rest of their lives and start their own farm family.

On Saturday, February 23, 2008, their path changed forever. Ryan left early in the morning to snowmobile with Lauren’s brother, Casey Carlson. They made the hour-long drive to Kellogg, Minnesota, and unloaded their snowmobiles around 8:30 a.m.

Electrical implant could improve daily activities for people with spinal cord injuries: study

Published: February 19, 2018

An experimental treatment that sends electrical currents through the spinal cord has improved “invisible” yet debilitating side effects for a B.C. man with a spinal cord injury.

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

Published: February 19, 2018 | 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.

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

Published: February 19, 2018 | 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.

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

Published: February 17, 2018 | 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.

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

Published: February 13, 2018 | 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.

Spinal cord injuries can’t keep three Arkansans from living

Published: February 12, 2018 | 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.

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

Published: February 10, 2018 | 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.

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