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Once a College Basketball Player, Paralyzed Athlete Now Curls

Published: February 26, 2018 | Category: News | 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. Continue Reading »

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

Published: February 26, 2018 | Category: News | 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. Continue Reading »