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Severed spinal cord no barrier for former rodeo rider

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

Steven ElliottIN THE final minutes of 2003 at a New Year’s Eve rodeo at Townsville’s Black River, Steven Elliott bucked off a bronc called Spaghetti Western and partly severed his spinal cord.

He welcomed New Year in Townsville Hospital as a quadriplegic. His C6 and C7 vertebrae had dislocated and damaged his spinal cord.

Mr Elliott, 39, is in a wheelchair, but you wouldn’t know it, hardly. The chair itself, covered with bulldust and with a dusty, oilskin-covered water bottle on the foot bar, looks more like something out of a Mad Max movie. Continue Reading »

Artist, Painter and Paralyzed | Mariam Paré

Published: December 15, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Mariam Pare’ is a member of the Mouth & Foot Painting Artists Association Continue Reading »

Adapting to Life with a Spinal Cord Injury Through Laughter: Wes Johnson’s Story

Published: November 24, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Wes Johnson’s life changed instantly when he was ejected from his Jeep and broke his neck. Throughout his recovery, he used jokes and laughter to let his family and friends know that everything was going to be ok. Continue Reading »

Company surprises employee with high-tech wheelchair

Published: October 21, 2015 | Category: Featured Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

WATERBORO (WGME) — A company known for its top-secret tanks is keeping its biggest and best secret for one of their own.

For the past four months employees at Howe and Howe Technologies in Waterboro have been secretly building a “Ripchair 3.0” for Tony Tulo, a salesperson at the company who is paralyzed from the chest down. Continue Reading »

Richmond man’s invention gets global attention

Published: October 9, 2015 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Handizap Sixth DigitRICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – When we first met Joshua Smith back in March, he introduced us to the Sixth Digit.

It’s a lofty invention, which allows people who don’t have adequate use of their arms and hands to type and press buttons easier.

Now, just six months later, Josh’s invention has sparked a lot of interest.

“We shipped over a hundred rings out to different countries and states and rehab centers and non-profits for sampling,” Smith says. Continue Reading »

The Connected Catheter by Spinal Singularity

Published: September 21, 2015 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Derek HerreraThe world’s first semi-permanent, minimally invasive, smart catheter system for Neurogenic Bladder.

After Derek Herrera was paralyzed by a sniper in Afghanistan, he decided to start a company to improve quality of life for people living with paralysis.

I knew my life would change, but I didn’t know that managing my bladder would be the most challenging task I faced on a daily basis. As a individual living each day with paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury, I understand just how terrible the current standard of care can be for managing Neurogenic Bladder. Continue Reading »

Life of “WHEELCHAIR BOUND” and “CONFINED TO A WHEELCHAIR”

Published: September 7, 2015 | Category: Featured Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

we are not confined or bound to our wheelchairs

Bond, ropes, captivity, the impossibility of movement and similar association are exactly what most people think when they hear the words “confined to” and “bound”. It is not wrong. Does then it make any sense to say that someone is “confined to a wheelchair” or “wheelchair bound”? No,it is absolutely pointless! Continue Reading »

A look inside Carissa Louise’s life after attaining a C6/C7 complete spinal cord injury

Published: August 15, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Carissa Louise from Alberta Canada shows YouTube viewers that even though she’s living life as a quadriplegic, she is still living life. Continue Reading »

Neil Sachse’s life as quadriplegic following VFL accident revealed in new book

Published: August 3, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Neil Sachse's life as quadriplegicIn round two of the 1975 VFL season, Neil Sachse was a promising South Australian Aussie Rules footballer playing his second match for Footscray.

He had just come from winning a premiership with SANFL’s North Adelaide and was ready to make his mark on the Victorian competition.

After winning a loose ball in the match against Fitzroy, Mr Sachse turned to run, and ducked into an attacking player.

The split second movement shunted Mr Sachse’s neck and the resultant spinal injury left him a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic prepares for Mount Adams climb with Pasco man’s expertise

Published: July 18, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Simon-Calcavecchia-photo-by-heather-schofner-14Fifteen years after Pete Rieke of Pasco became the first paralyzed climber to conquer Mount Rainier on his own power, he’s taking on a bigger challenge.

He’s building a snow sled for Simon Calcavecchia, 32, a former Tri-City resident, to climb mountains, starting with Mount Adams.

Rieke, a paraplegic, used his arms to power himself up Mount Rainier. But Calcavecchia of Olympia is a quadriplegic. He has only limited use of his arms. Continue Reading »