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Local woman pursues dream despite spinal-cord injury

Published: December 14, 2011 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

PLATTSBURGH — Michaela Bushey may not have command over the movement of her legs, but the 21-year-old still manages to take command of nearly 115 high-school students.

From her wheelchair, Bushey conducted Plattsburgh High School’s mixed chorus in a rendition of Rollo Dilworth’s “Take Me to the Water” during their Winter Concert Monday night. Continue Reading »

Keefer family of Newberry Township to be featured on ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ on Friday

Published: October 20, 2011 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Brian Keefer expects a lot of tears when he and his family watch the episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on Friday, accompanied by hundreds, if not thousands, of the volunteers who helped rebuild their house.

Keefer, 24, was paralyzed by a gymnastics accident in 2008. His upbeat attitude and close family caught the attention of the Extreme Makeover crew, who spent a week in June rebuilding the family home in Newberry Twp. to help Brian become as independent as possible and, perhaps, someday walk again.

Not even the Keefers have seen the episode yet, and they have not been allowed to invite outsiders into their home until the episode airs in order to keep the element of surprise. Continue Reading »

Spinal-cord injury won’t stop local woman

Published: March 24, 2011 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

‘You almost don’t even believe it when you see it. It’s amazing — the little recoveries that propel you forward’

AUSABLE FORKS — The night Michaela Bushey wiggled her toe, her mom, Angela, called everyone she could think of.

“We called the whole North Country,” Michaela said.

After all, was a “huge, thrilling” step in her daughter’s recovery.

Michaela, 20, of AuSable Forks was paralyzed when she hit her head while diving into a pool on July 4, 2010, and people from all over the area have been following her progress. Continue Reading »

Walking 500 Miles for SCI

Published: August 12, 2009 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

walkaboutfoundation_logoCarolina Gonzalez-Bunster is walking 500 miles in 32 days.

Beginning on August 1, Gonzalez-Bunster, 26, will be embarking on an 800-kilometer walk, just under the length of the east coast of Florida, along the northern trail of the Camino of Santiago of Compostela, to raise awareness for her organization, The Walkabout Foundation.

Walking for a reason
Just this year, Gonzalez-Bunster left her job as a financial analyst to launch the Foundation. “The stock market crashed and the economy deteriorated,” says Gonzalez-Bunster. “I thought it was the perfect moment to leave and start a foundation in honor of my brother, something I had wanted to do for fifteen years.” Continue Reading »

Head And Neck Injury Prevention The Focus Of American Association Of Neurological Surgeons Sixth Annual National Neurosurgery Awareness Week

Published: May 4, 2009 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

The Sixth Annual National Neurosurgery Awareness Week (NNAW) kicks off this year on May 3 during the 77th Annual Meeting of the AANS in San Diego. Approximately 3,000 neurosurgical medical professionals will meet to further their continuing medical education in specialty areas including spine and peripheral nerves, as well as cerebrovascular, pain, pediatrics, stereotactic, trauma, tumor, and socioeconomic issues affecting the specialty. Continue Reading »

Surfer girl finds out how fragile life really is

Published: May 1, 2008 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

02_read_surfer-1Devyn Bisson, 15, suffers a spinal cord injury, gears up the courage to surf again.

HUNTINGTON BEACH She doesn’t remember the man’s name or much more about him. Just that he approached her and asked for donations as she worked at Becker Surfboards.

And how that changed everything.

On that summer day in 2007, Devyn Bisson was the kind of 15-year-old that we want all 15-year-olds to be – bright, athletic, enthusiastic, a bundle of bounce. She was intrigued by what this man was saying. Continue Reading »

Miracles Do Exist for Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: September 11, 2007 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Not so very long ago, injuring your spinal cord meant paralysis, perhaps death. The higher the injury, the worse the prognosis. For instance, if your spinal cord was injured in the neck or Cervical region, your chances of recovery were nil. However, injuries in the lower Lumbar had a much greater chance of partial recovery.

Today, however, medical miracles are around every corner, or so they were for the Buffalo Bills football star, Kevin Everett, who injured his cervical spinal cord a few days ago during a heads down tackle.

The initial assessment was grim, as they carried Kevin off the field. However, rapid and aggressive treatment may have saved him. The spinal cord was cooled with intravenous fluids, steroids were administered to decrease inflammation and swelling, and oxygen was given to the oxygen starved nerves within the spinal cord itself. Continue Reading »

Goal Driven

Published: August 12, 2007 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Despite challenges, Lindsay Heimkes still making strides118296

FILER – In 2006, Lindsay Heimkes joined the ranks of the more than 11,000 spinal cord injury cases that hospitals across the country see each year.

But don’t count this former high school and college athlete out of the game just yet. After hours of surgery and grueling therapy, she’s ready to get her life back on track.

When the call about her daughter came into the office, Tammy Heimkes remembers thinking the worst.

“I wouldn’t wish that feeling on anyone,” she said. “But knowing how Lindsay does everything big or go home, I knew if she was in a car accident it wouldn’t be something simple like a broken leg,” Continue Reading »

Los Angeles Man Working To Beat Comeback Odds After Spinal Cord Injury Leads To Paralysis

Published: April 14, 2007 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

According to the diagnostic scans, Leon Smith would never be able to reach out with his arms, grasp with his hands or take another step.

But the X-rays and MRIs were completed last August after Smith suffered a devastating injury to his spinal cord. Today, the Los Angeles resident is working toward resuming a normal life after two operations at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center gave him a chance to beat overwhelming odds.

“This is a one-in-a-million case,” said Justin D. Paquette, M.D., neurosurgeon at the Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders. “He was quadriplegic and Ventilator-dependent (unable to breathe on his own). A patient who is in this condition, with persistent spinal cord compression for even 24 hours, has essentially zero chance of recovery. Mr. Smith had been like this for almost a week before he came to Cedars-Sinai.” Continue Reading »

Striving for Normalcy

Published: June 11, 2005 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

061205health1Rebecca Wylie has learned how to live what she calls a normal collegiate life despite an illness that has left her paralyzed

Every morning, Rebecca Wylie, 20, gets dressed, brushes her teeth and eats breakfast. A junior graphic design major, she goes to class, hangs out with her friends and downloads everything she can find by heartthrob John Mayer, just like hordes of other MU students.

But life requires something more of Rebecca. Continue Reading »