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They created a computer station — and changed a quadriplegic patient’s life

Published: September 21, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

With hard work and ingenuity, three VCU occupational therapy students devised a swiveling computer table that will help Derrick Bayard increase his independence.

Before dawn on Aug. 8, Derrick Bayard began having severe pain in his abdomen, followed by body spasms. Soon after, it became hard to breathe. He was home alone, a detail made exponentially more important — and dangerous — by the fact that he’s a quadriplegic, unable to use his hands and feet. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic is living a full life

Published: September 13, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Bungee jumping, paragliding and kite-surfing. Not everyone can do these extreme sports, but these are just a few of the things that Brenton Swartz, a quadriplegic, ticks off his bucket list.

Swartz from Atlantis outside Cape Town was only 15 years old when his life changed forever.

It was an ordinary day and he and his siblings were playing at home when a tragic incident left him paralysed from the neck down. His brother accidentally shot him while they were playing. Continue Reading »

Life goes on after acquired disability

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

ON A summer day in 1985, Bruce Stark got up, went to work and became a quadriplegic. Bruce, who is president of the Sunshine Coast’s first independent disability services organization, 121 Care, gives an insight into what it is like to face the challenge of living with an acquired disability.

I WAS working as a plumber at Dalby and fell through a galvanised iron roof.

I was 23 at the time.

When I first woke up in hospital, I was wondering what the hell was going on. Continue Reading »

Making art out of life’s struggles

Published: September 10, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

After becoming paralysed at the age of 22, Gilbert Tan thought his life was over. But perseverance and dedication saw him become a world-renowned artist who paints with the brush in his mouth.

SINGAPORE: Gilbert Tan was just 22 years old when a regular visit to a swimming pool ended life as he knew it.

He remembers what happened vividly. The year was 1983, and it was just five days before National Day. Then an architectural draftsman at Hitachi, he was with his colleagues at Delta Sports Complex in Redhill. Continue Reading »

Two Adventurers to Swap Wheelchairs for Parachutes

Published: September 3, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

‘Skydiving is next on my list’

Tonio Mercieca and Christine Borg will be swapping their wheelchairs for a parachute later this month as they tick off parascending from their bucket list.

Parascending and disability are not usually strung in the same sentence, but the two will be proving “it can be done” while raising funds in aid of Dar tal-Providenza. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegics and paraplegics go on skydiving adventure

Published: August 14, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

A group of people with spinal cord injuries visited iFly Virginia Beach to experience what it feels like to skydive.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — Two dozen people with spinal cord injuries left wheelchairs firmly on the ground as they floated above it Saturday.

Determined2Heal Foundation sponsored and adventure at iFLY Virginia Beach that allowed quadriplegics and paraplegics to experience what it feels like to skydive. Continue Reading »

Patients with paralysis learn how to scuba dive at the Kennedy Krieger Institute

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

As her father guided her wheelchair down the ramp alongside the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s pool on Saturday, 12-year-old Tylena Fisher fiddled with the folds of the borrowed wet suit she was wearing, and took a few deep breaths.

This is a girl who loves the feel of water sluicing around her limbs, who until recently was working on her underwater swimming, who takes every opportunity to spend time in the water. Continue Reading »

Dan Baird: Quadriplegic Motocross Athlete

Published: August 10, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Dan says, ‘Whether it’s motocross or hill climbs or dirt drags I just like being at the track.’ Continue Reading »

A phone call helped inspire Will to seize the high ground

Published: August 1, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

SINCE a life-changing accident five years ago, wheelchair user Will Clark, from Grasmere, has become a charity volunteer, taken up sailing and ski-karting and addressed an international spinal injuries conference. Recently elected as a county councillor, he decided his next challenge would be to conquer Snowdon.

Latrigg, above Keswick, isn’t a particularly high or challenging Lake District fell but it became a symbol of what might be possible for Will Clark. Continue Reading »

Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of Joni’s Diving Accident

Published: July 30, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Recently I was at my desk writing to Tommy, a 17-year-old boy who just broke his neck body surfing off the Jersey shore. He’s now a quadriplegic. He will live the rest of his life in a wheelchair without use of his hands or legs. When it comes to life-altering injuries, quadriplegia is catastrophic.

Halfway through my letter describing several hurdles Tommy should expect in rehab, I stopped. I felt utterly overwhelmed, thinking of all that lies ahead for him. I’ve been there. And even though half a century has passed, I can still taste the anguish. Hot, silent tears began streaming, and I choked out a prayer, Oh God, how will Tommy do it? How will he ever make it? Have mercy; help him find you!  Continue Reading »