Daily Archives: October 16, 2019
U.S. Department of Defense awards $800,000 to Case Western Reserve for spinal cord injury research
People who live with spinal injuries often say that the first year of recovery is the toughest—not only for them, but their caregivers as well.
“It is the little things – the sound of the lapping of water against the bottom of his board and seeing the beach from a different point of view – that Islander James Bedding misses the most about surfing.”
Since a freak accident 22 years ago, when 15-year-old James fell from a sea wall at the Harbour and suffered a serious spinal injury which left him quadriplegic, he has been confined to a wheelchair.
A tetraplegic is one who has suffered partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso.
Each year, it is estimated that 250,000 to 500,000 people worldwide suffer a spinal cord injury, and that 59 percent of those living with the injury are tetraplegic—experiencing the total loss of use of all four limbs and torso. Innovative research from Clinatec and the Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) has resulted in a first for a tetraplegic patient. Using a four-limb exoskeleton controlled by a neuroprosthetic, he was able to walk and use his arms.