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Reconciling Life and Quadriplegia

Published: December 5, 2013 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Reconciling Life and QuadriplegiaHealthcare providers tend to think paralyzed people have a very low quality of life. Actual spinal cord injury survivors tend to feel differently.

Earlier this month, a 32-year-old husband and father fell 16 feet from a tree while hunting, broke his neck and was left paralyzed from the neck down—making him quadriplegic—and reliant on a ventilator to breathe. According to the Indy Star, while he was still in the intensive care unit, in the early phases of his injury, his family told his health care providers that they didn’t think that he would want to live as a quadriplegic. According to the story, the doctors discontinued his sedation, and he awoke enough to verify that he did not wish to live as a quadriplegic. The doctors discontinued life sustaining measures and he died about five hours later, surrounded by his family and friends.

Quadriplegics at risk for serious sleep breathing disorder

Published: December 5, 2013 | Spinal Cord Injury:

There are over a million people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the United States alone with an estimated 11,000 new cases every year. Furthermore, it is estimated that there are, at least, 100,000 veterans with SCI, making the VA the largest integrated health care system in the world for SCI care. But despite this large prevalence, researchers are still discovering all the various ways that SCI affect those with this condition beyond the obvious paralysis.

Tongue piercing lets paralysed drive wheelchairs

Published: December 1, 2013 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Tongue piercing lets paralysed drive wheelchairAn experimental device is letting paralysed people drive wheelchairs simply by flicking their tongue in the right direction.

Key to this wireless system: Users get their tongue pierced with a magnetic stud that resembles jewellery and acts like a joystick, in hopes of offering them more mobility and independence.

Researchers reported Wednesday that 11 people paralysed from the neck down rapidly learned to use the tongue device to pilot their wheelchairs through an obstacle course full of twists and turns, and to operate a computer, too.

Young, disabled and stuck in a nursing home for the elderly

Published: October 2, 2013 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Paul Boyd living in nursing homeAlabama and other states are slow to join federal programs aimed at getting young people care they need at home

Paul Boyd has two lives.

In one life, Boyd is a graduate student in counseling at the University of Montevallo, a small liberal-arts school about 30 minutes from where he lives. After class he sometimes sits on the porch of a coffee shop talking with a group of locals and college students.

In his other life, the 37-year-old Boyd is a resident of Chandler Health and Rehab, a nursing home in Alabaster, Ala. He drives the hallways in his sip-and-puff wheelchair, chatting with older residents like Thelma, who clutches a plastic baby doll to her chest.

Rutgers retires Eric LeGrand’s No. 52 jersey

Published: September 14, 2013 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Eric LeGrand saw his number retiredPISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Moments after becoming the first player in the 144-year history of Rutgers football to have his jersey retired, Eric LeGrand told a loving crowd that his beliefs haven’t changed in the three years since he was paralyzed in a game against Army.

He will walk again.

In a passionate halftime plea to the crowd shortly after the No. 52 jersey was unveiled on the upper level box at High Point Solutions Stadium where the game is filmed, LeGrand asked them to support research to final a cure for paralysis, a cause he has joined by forming “Team LeGrand.”

Motorised Mouth Painting Easel

Published: August 20, 2013 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Adaptive Innovation’s motorised mouth painting easel allows someone with a disability such as quadriplegia to paint independently

Showing the world that ‘different’ is beautiful

Published: July 19, 2013 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Jessica KrugerLife has thrown a lot at Coquitlam’s Jessica Kruger.

At 15 years old she suffered a work-place accident resulting in a broken neck and spinal cord injury leaving her wheelchair bound.

She once believed her injury took away all hopes of her being considered “beautiful,” let alone any chance of living a normal life, and forget about being an athlete or – crazier yet – a model.

But she has. Against all odds, Kruger, 21, is the new face of Lise Watier’s “Something Sweet” perfume, beating out nearly 400 other contestants all scratching and crawling for the same contract.

Stronger every day: Brian Keefer of ‘Extreme Makeover’ is gaining mobility after a paralyzing...

Published: November 30, 2012 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

“It’s a personal choice to be in a good mood or a bad mood, and I choose to be in a good mood.” – Brian Keefer

It’s been more than four years since Brian Keefer attempted a triple flip into a foam-filled pit at a Fairview Township gym and plunged head-first into the hard foundation underneath.

In that instant, he became a quadriplegic.

He thinks back to that day constantly, and to the life he led before. A life of athletics, constant motion, carefree days at the beach and few worries.

Thinking back is not depressing, though, he said. It’s motivating.

After a spinal-cord injury, life goes on

Published: January 9, 2012 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

The 24-hour news cycle has affected all of us in different ways. For Jack Jablonski, I fear it has hijacked the time that could help him adjust to his new spinal-cord injury.

Eighteen years ago, as I put our sons on the bus for kindergarten, my husband, John, flipped off his bicycle and broke his neck at the fifth vertebrae. I was told of the permanent physical consequences of his spinal-cord injury.

John was given time to recover from surgery, to engage in physical therapy and to realize more gradually what having C5 quadriplegia would be like.

Kirstie’s top gear is the wheel deal

Published: January 6, 2012 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

The wheels are in motion for Kirstie Fairhurst as she gears up for the 153km Round the Mountain bike ride next Saturday.

But when the 14-year-old lines up for the event, there will be one difference – she’ll be riding in style on a high-tech paraplegic bike.

New Plymouth Girls’ High School student Kirstie was involved in an accident when she was four years old, leaving her in a wheelchair, which dad Shorty said she had adapted to extremely well.

“Kirstie’s a great kid and she’s really inspirational to other kids at school because she’ll give absolutely anything a go,” he said.