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Tag: Jesi Stracham

Experimental scaffold hasn’t reversed her paralysis, but she’s embraced life ‘with wheels as legs’

Published: November 21, 2016

jesi-strachamJesi Stracham used to captivate biotech investors and inadvertently move markets with social media posts documenting her dogged quest to get out of her wheelchair and back onto her feet.

These days, the energetic 24-year-old North Carolina resident goes online to tell a different story. Many of her Facebook and Instagram posts show her competing in off-road vehicle races, an adaptive water skiing competition, and a pageant for women with disabilities.

“I really just want to show people that there is life to be had in the wheelchair,” Stracham said. “There is life to be had with wheels as legs.”

A shattering crash, an online chronicle, and an unexpected twist

Published: August 21, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Jesi Stracham with her dogIn the age of social media, patients who test experimental treatments wield surprising clout.

The tweets and the selfies, the uploaded video clips, felt like a natural way for Jesi Stracham to record her halting progress as she fought to recover from a motorcycle accident that had left her paralyzed from the chest down.

She had no idea, as she tapped away at her iPhone from her hospital bed, what her bubbly posts would unleash.

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