Monday, December 9, 2019

Tag: Hope

‘There’s definitely hope,’ Muskegon man receives rare stem cell therapy

Published: March 1, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Geoffrey CraigieGeoffrey Craigie, 29, suffered a traumatic spine injury on New Year’s Eve in 2017 that paralyzed him from the neck down.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Nobody knows exactly what happened on New Year’s Eve 2017 that caused a 29-year-old Muskegon man to lose all feeling in his body.

“Just jumped in and that was kind of it,” said Geoffrey Craigie. He was celebrating the holiday up in Traverse City with friends and family when he dove into the pool.

UCLA scientist gives couple hope while searching for a cure for paralysis

Published: September 13, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Mark Pollock, Simone George tell their remarkable life story in new TED talk

If you think listening to a paralyzed, blind man discuss his life does not sound uplifting, meet Mark Pollock. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy, whose TED talk about body language has nearly 15 million views, describes the new talk by Pollock and his partner, human rights lawyer, Simone George, as “the most powerful, moving talk I have ever seen at TED.”

Twenty years after paralyzing fall, Tasha Schuh’s life is an open book

Published: November 26, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Tasha Schuh is used to getting embarrassing questions about her sex life.

Schuh, paralyzed from the chest down since she fell through a stage trap door in 1997 during a rehearsal for her high school musical, said she understands why people are curious.

“You know, I live in a very small town,” said Schuh, 36, of Ellsworth, Wis. “People would stop me at the grocery store and were, like, ‘Um, how’s that going to work?’”

Schuh isn’t afraid to overshare when she answers.

Scientists May Have Discovered How Spinal Injuries Are Repaired On a Cellular Level

Published: August 2, 2017

Scientists have learned more about how a new surgical technique works to reconnect the spinal cord with sensory neurons after traumatic spinal injuries. A rat study suggests that this procedure encourages new growth from spinal neurons, and if this is how it works in humans, it could be used to repair other kinds of injuries, including severed spinal cords.

Reconnecting The Motor Root

Scientists in Sweden and the U.K. developed a surgical technique to reconnect the spinal cord with sensory neurons after traumatic spinal injuries. Now, by recreating the technique in rats, they have new insights into the cellular processes implicated in the technique.

Ed Jackson: Dragons rugby player on his battle to walk again

Published: June 27, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,


Saturday, 8 April, 2017 was the day that changed the life of rugby player Ed Jackson forever.

The Dragons number eight had just finished lunch at a family barbecue near Bath.

But one “freak” moment later – as he dived into the shallow end of a pool thinking it was the deep end – left the 28-year-old with a broken neck.

Swimmer determined to help others after injury left him paralyzed

Published: June 23, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,


SONOMA, Calif. (KGO) — ABC7 is recognizing a swimmer who is determined to help others after a spinal cord injury left him paralyzed.

There are those days that will change your life forever. For Theo St. Francis, it was a Saturday, a sunny afternoon in Boston Harbor. It unfolded quickly on August 24th, almost four years ago.

Man makes impressive recovery after near-fatal crash

Published: February 7, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Five years of pain can wear anyone down. Ask Josh Heine, and he’ll tell you healing often takes longer than expected.

After a near-fatal car crash in 2007, the 28-year-old Paducah native was left with only limited upper mobility. He had to adapt quickly to life as a quadriplegic, or so people told him.

Now after regaining limited use of his arms and legs, and with several wheelchair marathons under his belt, Heine has modeled for Quickie — a global wheelchair manufacturer — since last May. As a marketing student at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, he’ll begin a national ad campaign in April through wheelchair distributor Sunrise Medical.

The future of stem cells: tackling hype versus hope

Published: January 28, 2017

Professor Alan Mackay-SimControversy surrounds the link between Australian of the Year Alan Mackay Sim’s research and a Polish team who restored mobility for a paraplegic man.

For many people suffering from disabling conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, spinal injury and paralysis, multiple sclerosis, macular degeneration, heart disease, renal failure and even cancer, announcements in the press around breakthroughs in stem cell research undoubtedly bring hope.

The challenge remains how to accurately communicate what is genuinely possible in terms of therapies and what we scientists hope might be possible but do not yet have strong evidence for.

Woman With Quadriplegia Urges Hollywood To Be More Hopeful

Published: June 25, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

This story contains spoilers for the film “Me Before You.”

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Wisconsin woman is getting a lot of attention for a blog post she wrote criticizing Hollywood’s portrayal of people who are paralyzed.

Stem cell treatment could help paralyzed patients move

Published: January 15, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Louis TontodonatoLouis Tontodonato’s hopes and dreams may well lie in a virtual coin flip, a digital roll of the dice.

Paralyzed from the neck down, the 20-year-old Naples, Fla., man has enrolled in the first clinical trial testing the ability of stem cells to repair spinal cord injuries and restore sensation and movement in quadriplegics. Early studies in animals and humans have had remarkable results, enabling patients to resume everyday tasks they thought had been lost forever. If those early effects are validated, the treatment has the potential to drastically improve the quality of life and independence of thousands of spinal cord injury patients.

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