LOUISVILLE, Ky. —The University of Louisville and Frazier Rehab unveiled new equipment Thursday that’s giving hope to children who are paralyzed.
Fifteen years after Pete Rieke of Pasco became the first paralyzed climber to conquer Mount Rainier on his own power, he’s taking on a bigger challenge.
He’s building a snow sled for Simon Calcavecchia, 32, a former Tri-City resident, to climb mountains, starting with Mount Adams.
Rieke, a paraplegic, used his arms to power himself up Mount Rainier. But Calcavecchia of Olympia is a quadriplegic. He has only limited use of his arms.
Martyn Ashton wants to inspire others
In 2013, stunt cyclist Martyn Ashton, a former world champion mountain biker, crashed during a cycling event and was left paralyzed from the waist down.
Standing in one place is exercise for Frank Muegge, 57. “I stand for an hour a day to prevent bone problems like osteoporosis.”
Muegge is paralyzed from the armpits down, the result of a car accident about 10 years ago. His arms work, but his hands don’t.
His paralysis is why he’s surrounded by advanced exercise equipment such as the machine that uses electrodes to stimulate his muscles. “The muscles still can work,” he said. “They just don’t get the signals from the brain.
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There are moments in time that can forever alter your life. Evan Cronhardt’s life changed its course on April 10, 2008 as he was driving across an intersection near his Severn home. His Jeep was struck by a vehicle that may have been racing on Quarterfield Road.
Evan was thrown from his Jeep, then crushed as it rolled over on him.
He recalls the suffocating weight of of his Jeep and the tracheotomy he endured as paramedics worked to save his life.
When he awoke in a Baltimore hospital, his spine was crushed and his pelvis was broken, paralyzing him from the neck down. He started a long series of operations as doctors tried to repair his multiple broken vertebrae.
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CHICAGO — Martin Mireles says his mother was not happy with his tongue piercing: It didn’t fit his image as a former church youth leader.
But as Mr. Mireles told her, it was for research. Paralyzed from a spinal cord injury since he was shot in the neck almost two decades ago, he was recently fitted with a magnetic stud that allows him to steer his wheelchair with his tongue.