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Without An Exoskeleton, Paralyzed Man Uses Brain Control To Walk

Published: September 28, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

brain-controlled-walking-testA man who is at the center of a new project being conducted by researchers from the University of California Irvine is giving hope to people with spinal cord injuries who have lost their ability to move their limbs that they will be able to one day walk again. Paralyzed for five years, an unnamed 26-year old was able to walk on his own with only a harness to help support his weight.

What makes this achievement so groundbreaking is that he was able to move using his own brainwaves without an exoskeleton to hold up his frame. Instead, electrodes were attached directly to his muscles so that he could control them, bypassing his injured spinal cord. Continue Reading »

Paraplegic recounts relearning to walk via brain-computer link

Published: September 26, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Paraplegic Adam FritzFirst person paralysed from waist down to walk without use of robotics

For paraplegic Adam Fritz, the thrill of the computer-assisted first steps he took five years after being paralysed in a motorcycle crash came only after he was unhooked from the system that enabled him to walk briefly in a bioengineering lab.

During the experiment itself, Fritz recounted, he had to keep his mind focused entirely on placing one foot in front of the other as his brain waves were translated by a computer algorithm into impulses that bypassed his severed spinal cord and activated his legs. Continue Reading »

Alberta men share inspiring stories of life-altering spinal cord injuries

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

Dr Ian Rigby life after spinal cord injury

CALGARY – Two survivors of devastating spinal cord injuries shared their stories with Global News, describing their paralysis and the very different ways their lives have changed since losing their ability to walk. Continue Reading »

A shattering crash, an online chronicle, and an unexpected twist

Published: August 21, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Jesi Stracham with her dogIn the age of social media, patients who test experimental treatments wield surprising clout.

The tweets and the selfies, the uploaded video clips, felt like a natural way for Jesi Stracham to record her halting progress as she fought to recover from a motorcycle accident that had left her paralyzed from the chest down.

She had no idea, as she tapped away at her iPhone from her hospital bed, what her bubbly posts would unleash. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed designer creates jeans for women in wheelchairs

Published: August 19, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Heidi McKenzie Alter Ur Ego jeansMost pieces of clothing are not designed for people with disabilities. Alter Ur Ego is not one of them.

Heidi McKenzie, a T4 paraplegic woman paralyzed in a car accident in 2007 at the age of 21, has designed a collection of jeans dubbed Alter Ur Ego for people who use wheelchairs.

After participating in Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky 2012, McKenzie realized she was not the only woman experiencing difficulty finding fashionable yet adaptable clothing that fits a seated body. Continue Reading »

Believe in a way back to fitness with a spinal cord injury

Published: May 6, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Delano TurnipseedIt’s 7:30 a.m. at Magee Riverfront’s Wellness Center and Delano Turnipseed has already broken a sweat on a very unique type of exercise equipment: a seated elliptical machine designed specifically for individuals with leg paralysis. To look at his trim but muscular frame, you would never guess that he once considered himself 60 pounds overweight. A large weight-loss goal like this is typically an uphill battle for a wheelchair user with paraplegia but was no match for Turnipseed’s discipline. Continue Reading »

Fostering an accessible environment

Published: April 17, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Monica Kamal and Tina McFaddenMonica Kamal of McFarland and Tina McFadden of Cottage Grove are two of the brightest, cheerful and animated people you could ever want to meet. Their joy in living is obvious and contagious. When first meeting them, you might wonder just what fuels their enthusiasm for life and gives them their deep sense of happiness.

With substantial backgrounds in higher education and professional careers, you might conclude that their disciplined involvement in the world answers the question of how they came to be so content and full of life. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed veteran walks again thanks to robotic exoskeleton

Published: April 7, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) – Sometimes life throws you a curve, but after a motorcycle crash three years ago, army sergeant RJ Anderson got the curve, the fast ball and the slider all at once. That crash left him paralyzed from the chest down. Continue Reading »

Wheelchair tennis helps overcome injuries

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

2014 US Open Wheelchair ChampionshipSouth Charlotte pair travels the country playing in tournaments

Nick Burnham and Larry Keeter have a lot in common.

They share a south Charlotte apartment, but they also are tennis partners who travel together to compete in tournaments across the country.

They play in a wheelchair league because they also both are incomplete paraplegics, having sustained injuries that left them with spinal-cord injuries that changed their lives. Continue Reading »

Cardiff man paralysed in major accident urges caution over ‘breakthrough’ on spinal cord injuries

Published: January 26, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Darek FidykaA sound technician whose spine was shattered in a major accident has urged caution over a “breakthrough” procedure which enabled a man to walk again.

Darek Fidyka, who was paralysed from the chest down in a brutal knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame after cells were transplanted from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

The treatment, which was a world first, was carried out by surgeons in Poland in collaboration with scientists in London. Continue Reading »