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Experimental procedure aimed at repairing spinal cord shows promise

Published: May 22, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

James Mason after the accidentAn experimental procedure aimed at repairing spinal cord injuries is showing promise. It uses stem cells in the damaged areas in hopes of restoring function and movement.

And for one patient, it is promising.

On April 9, 2013, James Mason was an accident waiting to happen.

“There was nothing we could have done to change that night,” said Bob Gambuti. Continue Reading »

Travis Roy to Receive Honorary Degree

Published: May 10, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Former Terrier hockey player now major supporter of spinal cord research

In the video above, Travis Roy reflects on his life 20 years after a paralyzing injury and talks about what he sees for his future. Photo by Jackie Riccardi Continue Reading »

‘You can still live life’

Published: April 25, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Drew CumpsonIn a few days, Drew Cumpson will be marking the fifth anniversary of an event that dramatically changed his life — but one which he can’t remember.

If he needs to recall the exact date, he only need look at his left arm. Tattooed there is “05/10/11,” along with the words by which he has tried to live ever since: Keep Fighting, Keep Smiling, Stay Strong.

It is all a reminder of the trip Cumpson took to Peru back in May 2011 where a freak accident left him a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Long after his accident, Sam Schmidt takes the wheel again thanks to Project SAM

Published: April 23, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Sam Schmidt and Simon Pagenaud

Sam Schmidt was paralyzed in a testing accident in 2000. Now he can drive again.

In the late 90s, Sam Schmidt had a promising career as an IndyCar driver, finishing fifth in the championship in 1999 after taking his first win in Las Vegas. In off-season, however, his ascension in the sport was derailed. During testing that following January, an accident at Walt Disney World Speedway in Florida left Schmidt a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic artist uses mouth to create masterpieces

Published: April 20, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

SPICEWOOD, TEXAS – A local artist is creating masterpieces in a very unique way after he fractured two vertebrae. Continue Reading »

Wings for Life World Run Ambassador Eric LeGrand: A Work of Art

Published: March 31, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand was paralyzed in an October 16, 2010 college football game, fracturing his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae. Continue Reading »

UPMC’s clinical trial showing promise with spinal cord injuries

Published: February 26, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Michael-FraserThree years ago, Michael Fraser broke his neck in a diving accident near his Vandergrift home but remembers little about it.

But in April, the man with quadriplegia underwent an experimental neural stem-cell procedure that wasn’t only a life-changing experience but could represent the first interventional treatment for spinal cord injuries.

Mr. Fraser, 24, now can lift himself from his wheelchair into bed without assistance. He breathes more freely and deeply and has greater core strength with better dexterity. Previously he could manage only a half-mile on his arm-powered elliptical but now does two to three miles, he said. Continue Reading »

I went from trauma clinician to patient with life-changing injuries

Published: December 3, 2015 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

life-changing injuriesI was a healthy physiotherapist cycling to work when I was hit by a car – and suffered the injuries I used to treat

In November 2008 I was cycling through Greenwich Park as part of my daily commute to the Royal London hospital. I saw a car suddenly turn in front of me and I knew I couldn’t miss it. Time froze for an instant as I prayed for a miracle to save me. That is THE moment that changed me, no other moment has had such a profound impact on my life. Continue Reading »

Boys to Men: Damien’s Journey

Published: November 13, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Boys-to-Men.-Photography-by-Andrew-Campbell-6“I jumped off the back of a boat, my chin hit the water in a weird way, and I dislocated my spine, the C4 and C5. The instant I hit the water my body just stopped working. I was looking face down at the bottom of the lake and I just couldn’t move.“

Dreams of one day surfing in Bali were dashed by a simple accident. An old friend inadvertently untwists this fate and convinces Damien that a mystical Javanese healer can get him walking again. Cameras are documenting his newfound belief and rapid response to the alternative treatment. Another six to 12 months more treatment and Damien might be fulfilling the dream of one day surfing in Bali. Continue Reading »

Drug offers hope for spinal patients

Published: November 7, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Brad Smeele with therapistsTreatment proven in lab to assist recovery and could be part of cure alongside other research, say experts.

Kiwi and Australian researchers have developed a protein-based drug that offers a potential breakthrough treatment for those with severe brain and spinal cord injuries.

University of Auckland researcher Dr Simon O’Carroll said the drug, which could be injected straight into the blood stream or taken as a pill soon after an injury, could reduce damage, scarring and improve recovery. Continue Reading »