Tag: Brad Smeele
Brad Smeele, pictured here at the recently opened cable wake park at Auckland’s Onehunga Lagoon, has been out on the water to watch his mates wakeboard on Lake Maraetai near Mangakino.
Once Brad Smeele was carefully lifted on to a speedboat for a rare excursion since a wakeboarding accident left him as a quadriplegic, he didn’t quite take to the trip like a duck to water.
The 29-year-old New Zealander, who has no feeling from the neck down since suffering a serious injury while wakeboarding in Florida in 2014
Treatment proven in lab to assist recovery and could be part of cure alongside other research, say experts.
Kiwi and Australian researchers have developed a protein-based drug that offers a potential breakthrough treatment for those with severe brain and spinal cord injuries.
University of Auckland researcher Dr Simon O’Carroll said the drug, which could be injected straight into the blood stream or taken as a pill soon after an injury, could reduce damage, scarring and improve recovery.
Injured wakeboarder Brad Smeele is forging an independent life in a newly modified home after a horror crash left him a quadriplegic almost a year ago.
The 28-year-old ploughed head first into a ramp when attempting to land a world-first trick on a ramp at his Florida training base last July, leaving him paralysed. He was saved from drowning by horrified friends.
Smeele cheated death again after his heart stopped beating when he was coming off his ventilator in hospital in the US.