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Paralyzed in 2014 crash that killed her beloved husband, Robinette Tilley stays in family business

Published: February 10, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Robinette Tilley is the boss. The fact that she rides a wheelchair now instead of a motorcycle hasn’t changed that.

Tilley was in her customary spot, sitting behind her husband, Don, on his Harley-Davidson when the motorcycle crashed on Aug. 29, 2014 near Mile Post 394 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Buncombe County. Don, 78, was killed in the wreck.

A shattered right arm, broken neck and pelvis, and seriously damaged spinal cord sent Robinette to six different hospitals in six months. Doctors told Tilley’s family she would never return home. Continue Reading »

Adult Stem Cells Treat Spinal Cord Injury

Published: February 5, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Laura Dominguez-Tauer is a living, breathing example of what it takes to overcome adversity. An oil spill on a San Antonio freeway is blamed for the car crash that sent Laura and her brother directly into a retaining wall in 2001. As she lay tangled in the middle of the car, she heard a paramedic say, “get a neck brace, she has a broken neck.”

“I didn’t feel anything. I couldn’t move my arms, I couldn’t move my hands,”

Laura was paralyzed from the neck down. “I didn’t feel anything. I couldn’t move my arms, I couldn’t move my hands,” Laura said. Continue Reading »

Brett Colonell: An Artist in Training

Published: January 24, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

When Brett Colonell took up sketching as a hobby years ago, he didn’t know yet how it would one day evolve into an integral part of his life. Even now, as he explores art as a fulltime profession, he still refers to himself as an artist in training, despite the significant audience his art has drawn on social media.

What many of his fans don’t know is that in 1997 Brett sustained a complete C4-C5 spinal fracture after a motocross accident, leaving him a quadriplegic with no movement from the neck down. After his spinal cord injury, he completed his rehabilitation at Craig Hospital. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic with ‘Extreme Home Makeover’ defies odds, still improving

Published: January 12, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

Brian Keefer has always been an adrenaline junkie.

A 2008 gymnastics accident in which Keefer suffered a spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic could have stopped him, but it didn’t.

“Brian’s had some adventures since he’s had his injury,” his father said.

From scuba diving in the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, where “sharks swam right into my face,” to ziplining at Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry, Keefer has had his share. Continue Reading »

NeoMano Robotic Glove Helps Paralyzed Hands Grip Again

Published: January 8, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

The glove helps people with a spinal cord injury perform everyday tasks like holding a cup or brushing their teeth.

A spinal cord injury can have a lasting effect on the quality of the life you’re able to lead. Depending on the severity of damage, symptoms can include pain, numbness or even paralysis, rendering everyday tasks nearly impossible. But a new robotic glove called the NeoMano hopes to help people who suffer from spinal cord injuries regain use of their hand. Continue Reading »

LeGrand and Nichols inspire spinal cord patients together

Published: December 18, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

NEW BRUNSWICK – Promoting positivity, Eric LeGrand and Mike Nichols took several pediatric patients by surprise with a visit at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital Monday.

With smiles, laughter, encouraging words and shared experiences, Nichols and LeGrand — who dressed as Santa Claus — demonstrated their unique understanding of the challenges faced by these patients. Nichols, 21, and LeGrand, 27, both paralyzed during sporting events, stopped at the therapy room to check on how a few patients were making out before meeting up with some more patients in the recreation room. Continue Reading »

App lets quadriplegics use phone without physical assistance

Published: December 16, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Instead of swiping with a finger, the technology lets users control the device with small head movements or voice commands. The technology can help people who are paralyzed or have limited mobility due to neurodegenerative diseases such as MS, ALS or spinal cord injuries.

BALTIMORE (AP) — A day after Oded Ben Dov appeared on Israeli television to promote his video game technology, which allowed players to control their games by moving their heads, a viewer called him with another suggestion for the software.

“I can’t move my arms or legs,” the viewer told him. “Can you make a smartphone that I can use?” Continue Reading »

Students design functional fashion for wheelchair athletes

Published: December 12, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

WashU students design prototype garments for athletes with disabilities

Rugby is hard-hitting, fast-moving and adrenaline-fueled. But for elite Paralympic wheelchair athletes, the sport also can pose particular challenges. Continue Reading »

Gloves for Life

Published: December 8, 2017 | Category: Links | Spinal Cord Injury:

Enable Your Hands — Enable Your Life!

These unique push gloves are designed to help quadriplegics and others with limited dexterity by making it more efficient and less strenuous to maneuver wheelchairs and to aid in daily tasks such as transfers and dressing.

The gloves help the user become more independent thus improving their quality of life. The combination of quality suede, a “tacky” palm insert, and an easy on and off closure make them a valuable resource. Continue Reading »

Disability doesn’t prevent rural Iowa County man from coaching dance team

Published: November 27, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

BARNEVELD — Jeremy Amble always wanted to be a dairy farmer, but after a car accident on May 25, 1991, his goals quickly changed.

Amble suffered a spinal cord injury in that accident, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down except for limited use of his left arm. He has spent most of the ensuing 26½ years in a wheelchair.

But that hasn’t stopped Amble from making the most of his life. Two years after the accident, he married the woman who nursed him back to health in the hospital after his accident, and together they are the parents of two sets of twins. Despite his limited mobility, Jeremy publishes the weekly Barneveld Shopper from his home in rural Iowa County. Continue Reading »