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Tag: Health Care

Quadriplegic’s mom opens facility for controversial spinal therapy

Published: May 16, 2009

46949591Sanford center touts novel approach to spinal-cord injuries

After rescuers used the Jaws of Life to pry Amanda Perla from a car that had slammed into a traffic-signal pole on prom night, doctors told the 18-year-old she would be paralyzed but could go on to live a productive life.

They would teach her how to put on makeup. How to brush her teeth. How to feed herself.

But that wasn’t good enough for Amanda. And it certainly wasn’t good enough for her mother.

Spirit of this ‘country boy’ thrives despite his paralysis

Published: May 4, 2009

436192862Christopher Crosby can’t breathe on his own or move most of his body.

Somewhere, the 27-year-old has found the spirit to keep fighting for his recovery.

Paralyzed from the neck down in a January accident, the Bradford County man is getting spinal cord injury rehabilitation to prepare him for life back at his family’s farm.

For about three weeks, he has been a patient at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center after a historic surgery at Shands at the University of Florida. Just getting to the Georgia hospital was a battle.

Brain, spinal cord injury patients in Alberta test devices to restore movement

Published: April 21, 2009

People with brain or spinal cord injuries in Alberta are testing new technologies designed to improve their lives by restoring movement.

Scientists, biomedical engineers, physicians and nurses from Edmonton and Calgary who are working to make paralyzed muscles move will receive $5 million over the next five years from the Alberta Heritage Foundation and the province.

On Monday, Darryl Steeles, who has multiple sclerosis, used a device that works with a leg brace to help him to walk. Electrodes in the device kick his nervous system back into high gear after nine years of destruction from the disease.

High school seniors with disabilities get helping hand in job market

Published: April 16, 2009

David Renz works as a manager at Ownbey Enterprises even though he uses a wheelchair because of a spinal cord injury from a fall several years ago.

The Dalton resident said he wants his younger counterparts with disabilities to have employment opportunities as well. Beginning this August, they will.

Up to 12 high school seniors with disabilities are expected participate in a new internship program called Project SEARCH. It’s a joint program of Dalton Public Schools, Whitfield County Schools and Hamilton Health Care System and is sponsored by Cross Plains Community Partner and the local Department of Human Resources Vocational Rehabilitation office. It aims to help students with disabilities get jobs, while also allowing businesses fill positions.