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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 »

Spinal Cord Injury Victim and Role Model Brings Essential Treatment Options to the Bay Area

Published: November 2, 2010 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

SCI-FIT ((Spinal Cord Injury Functional Integrated Therapy) is open for business in its new location. SCI-FIT is Northern California’s only facility that provides comprehensive, post-traditional, exercise based therapy for individuals who have suffered a debilitating injury. SCI-FIT is a philanthropic endeavor and even offered Chris Rodriguez – the young boy paralyzed by a stray bullet at his piano lesson in Oakland – almost one year of free training. Today Chris is walking with leg braces. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed driver ahead of schedule

Published: July 18, 2008 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Whatever anyone thinks of him or his situation, Josh Howard says, never call him a quitter.

Howard, 22, of Byhalia, Miss., has been paralyzed since crashing his sprint car at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway on Oct. 25.

Though still considered a quadriplegic, Howard said he continues to see improvement through a daily regimen of Physical Therapy.

“Every week I see improvement,” he said. “My arms are getting stronger. My fingers are twitching more, and we’re seeing more movement in my legs. Continue Reading »

Woodford swim star’s plans derailed

Published: November 3, 2007 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,


136-071007_swimVERSAILLES –For Dusty Hicks, senior year was going to be huge.

Other kids may get hyped about prom or graduation parties. In his final year of high school, Dusty was going to be all about the book.

By the time he was through, he was going to write his name in the front, the middle and the back of the Woodford County High swim team record book.

From the time he started swimming as a 3-year-old, when Dusty Hicks hit the water, good things — winning races; building a name — happened.

Until the day this past summer when Dusty hit the water and everything went stunningly wrong. 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 »

When SCI Isn’t an Accident

Published: October 3, 2003 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

It’s 2:00 A.M. on a Saturday morning when police spot the limp body of a man lying in a park in downtown Seattle. Initially they assume he is a street person “sleeping one off”, but further investigation reveals that he has been assaulted and cannot move. Emergency units are called and he is rushed to the nearest trauma unit.

After extensive examination, it is found that the man has been struck with a blunt object and has sustained a high-level spinal cord injury that will leave him paralyzed from the neck down. Continue Reading »