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Device Lets Brain Move Paralyzed Limbs

Published: June 24, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Device Lets Brain Move Paralyzed LimbsFor the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State Univ. Wexner Medical Center and Battelle.

Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb. Burkhart is the first of a potential five participants in a clinical study.

10 years after devastating accident left her paralyzed, young Southold woman thanks those who’ve...

Published: April 22, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

10 years since devastating accident  Kim HaegMonday marked 10 years since the devastating accident that left Southold resident Kim Haeg, now 28, clinging to life.

After the 2004 car accident in Peconic left her a quadriplegic dependent upon a ventilator, the journey has been long and marked by challenges for Kim and her mother Lorraine.

Remembering the dark night that changed her life forever, Haeg wrote on Facebook Monday, “Ten years ago today I was getting ready to go off to college and excited for my new life, as was my mom who, was ready to retire and move down south, when suddenly life changed within the blink of an eye. I had no idea this could ever happen to me. I never heard of spinal cord injury until that day when our lives were completely shattered and changed forever.”

It was a 16-foot fall, 16 years ago. She has soared much further.

Published: April 19, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

jmp tasha0036ELLSWORTH, Wis. — When someone told her to move out of the way during a scene change for “The Wizard of Oz,” Tasha Schuh took one step back.

Schuh, a junior in high school at the time, fell 16 feet through a trap door in the stage of the Sheldon Theater in Red Wing, Minn. She landed on her head on the concrete floor, breaking her neck, crushing her spinal cord and fracturing her skull.

Doctors told her she would never walk — or sing — again. That was 16 years, five months and nine days ago.

But Schuh, who is paralyzed from the chest down, says she wouldn’t change a thing.

Quadriplegic doctor lives a fulfilled life

Published: April 19, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Quadriplegic doctor lives a fulfilled lifeDr. James Post overcame long odds to achieve dream

Overcoming insurmountable challenges doesn’t begin to scratch the surface for Dr. James Post.

Post, 43, a Hanover Township native and nephrologist living in Manhattan, knows what it’s like to scrounge around in the dregs, and then soar out of them to lead a fulfilled life.

Post is quadriplegic. He’s had limited use of his arms and hands and has been confined to a wheelchair since age 14. He is paralyzed from the chest down.

Quadriplegic returns to ski slopes after decade

Published: March 19, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

A decade after a ski accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, Kenny Salvini, 33, took to the slopes again this month.

Sit-skiers find freedom on the slopes

Published: February 17, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Derek Moseychuk in a sit-skiTHE BLUE MOUNTAINS — Derek Moseychuk has found a new sense of freedom.

The Brampton man hit the slopes of the Craigleith Ski Club for the first time in more than a year on Thursday, with the steady hands of Steve Jones right behind him.

Moseychuk snowboarded on a regular basis at Blue Mountain, until a car crash in December, 2012, rendered him quadriplegic.

Quadriplegics breathe easier with help of new device

Published: January 23, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

breathing-deviceOnce used by Christopher Reeve, it was developed in part with funding from the Rick Hansen Institute.

Gabriel Abotossaway doesn’t sound like he can’t breathe on his own.

On the phone from his home in Manitoulin Island, the 22-year-old sounds like most men his age. But Gabriel has required help breathing since a 2011 car accident rendered him a high-level quadriplegic. He’s unable to move his diaphragm and breathe independently.

Quadriplegic Pieter du Preez Ready to Break Records in 2014

Published: January 23, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Quadriplegic Pieter du Preez Ready to Break Records in 2014“Impossible is an opinion, to me it means IM-possible … Ironman possible.”

The inspirational words of South African triathlete Pieter du Preez after he became the first quadriplegic athlete to complete an Ironman event back in December at the Busselton event in Western Australia. With a finish time of 13 hours and 20 minutes, du Preez smashed the boundaries for what is possible and continues to lead the way in paratriathlon. Not prepared to bask in his world record breaking achievements, du Preez has big plans in place for 2014, with one word on his mind: Kona.

Talented Quadriplegic Man with an iPad

Published: December 18, 2013 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Spinal Vein K takes on the Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven with an iPad, Garageband, SampleWiz, and two fingers!

Florence woman shot by husband vows, ‘I will walk again’

Published: December 13, 2013 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Alisha WatersFLORENCE, Ky. – Alisha Waters’ estranged husband tracked her down, shot her five times and then turned the gun on himself.

The Aug. 6 shooting left her paralyzed.

Alisha’s life will never be the same, but after months of rehab in Atlanta, she’s glad to be home.

Sitting in her wheelchair, she talked about bravely facing her new reality and her reason for fighting to live.