This journalist needed a voice-operated camera, but there was ‘nothing’ on the market. So he made her one
As a trapeze performer, Carolyn Pioro made flying and flipping through the air look easy. Movement, she once said, was her life.
That changed forever in September 2005. Pioro was training for a performance with a Toronto-based circus when a mid-air flip went terribly wrong. She fell 40 feet, landed badly in the safety net and severed her spinal cord.
‘He’s going up on my wall,’ Norm Shewchuk says of the picture he created on wood
Growing up in Gimli, Man., Norm Shewchuk was passionate about hockey.
But in 1983, a life-altering accident ended his dream of playing the game.
“I was 16 and playing league hockey, and I just went for the puck in the corner and I got cross-checked from behind and I went headfirst into the boards,” Shewchuk said in an interview with CBC News.
Nearly eight years after Chris Norton was left paralyzed in a college football accident, he wed the woman of his dreams in a charming Southern ceremony where the pair were surrounded by tearful loved ones and friends.
When Paul Burnett first met Kamden Houshan in kindergarten, the two boys quickly became friends. They bonded over playing superheroes and creating goofy videos. While others often focus on Kamden’s wheelchair and disability, Paul never acted like Kamden was different.
“What really contributes to their friendship is that Paul does not see Kamden as someone who has a disability. He sees him as Kamden. Because of that Kam truly is himself around him,” Yvonne Houshan, Kamden’s mom, told TODAY.
Driving with a disability can be a huge accomplishment, whether it is an amputation or something more severe. In Sam Schmidt’s case, it couldn’t get more severe. In 2001 Sam was paralyzed when his race car went backwards into the wall at 210 mph. Sam’s doctors were thinking he may not live the year but Sam defied the odds and currently lives life as a quadriplegic.
Dr. Kristin Zhao, director of Mayo Clinic’s Assistive and Restorative Technology Laboratory, and Dr. Kendall Lee, director of Mayo Clinic’s Neural Engineering Laboratory, will discuss research that has successfully used intense physical therapy and electrical stimulation of the spinal cord to return voluntary movements to a previously paralyzed patient.
In the summer of 2005 just graduated Willmar Cardinal basketball player Pete Grahn was enjoying a swim in Green Lake with friends when his life changed for good.
It was an exciting time for Pete, he had graduated from Willmar senior high and was headed for Minnesota State- Moorhead to play college basketball and get his degree in biology. Pete was a smooth shooting forward who was very athletic and according to his coach Steve Grove “really worked hard to make himself into great Willmar Cardinal. He had a sweet left hand jump shot, loved to shoot the three’s.”
“We are trying to improve someone’s quality of life. If someone can breathe without a ventilator, then you’ve increased their independence, and that, to me, is a huge success.” –Michael Lane, PhD
Walking is not the top priority for many patients who have suffered from cervical spinal cord injuries, according to Michael Lane, PhD, an assistant professor at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Spinal cord repair and rehabilitation is a difficult but important topic to research, can you please give a brief overview of research in this field?
There are many grades of spinal cord injuries, in terms of range of movement, from small disabilities to becoming wheelchair bound for the rest of your life, the range is very broad.
There are many different approaches to try to overcome these disabilities, with key areas of research being focussed on developing stem cell therapies and using growth factors to promote regrowth of the nerve tissue after the injury.
This video was done as part of a project for one of Sam’s classes in nursing school. The people interviewed are very near and dear to our hearts and we hope that once you hear their stories they will have stolen a little piece of your heart as well.