Monday, May 17, 2021

Tag: New Zealand

Dinesh Palipana

Emergency Department Dr with a wheelchair

https://youtu.be/9GxtQo1Xj-s Dinesh Palipana was a young medical student with a promising career ahead of him, when a car accident left him with C6/7 spinal cord injury and facing life with tetraplegia. The abrupt change saw...

The tremendous spirit of tetraplegic Catriona Williams – who defies odds to fundraise for...

This year Catriona will complete a month-long cycle tour in France. It happened just before Christmas on the 10th of November 2002. "You never forget your date," she tells me. It was the day Catriona Williams, one...

Meet the woman behind charity fighting to find a cure for spinal cord injuries

The Herald speaks with Kiwis who have been on the edge of death, had their world tipped upside down, overcome their darkest moments and are now paying it forward. Cycling to the base of Mt...
New Zealand Spinal Cord Impairment Action Plan 2014–2019

Spinal cord impairment registry goes live

A national registry which goes live today will lead to better services and better care and support for people living with a spinal cord impairment, say Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and ACC Minister Nikki...

Quadriplegic Kiwi wakeboarder Brad Smeele back on the water

Brad Smeele, pictured here at the recently opened cable wake park at Auckland's Onehunga Lagoon, has been out on the water to watch his mates wakeboard on Lake Maraetai near Mangakino. Once Brad Smeele was...

Drug offers hope for spinal patients

Treatment proven in lab to assist recovery and could be part of cure alongside other research, say experts. Kiwi and Australian researchers have developed a protein-based drug that offers a potential breakthrough treatment for those with severe brain and spinal cord injuries.

A year on from fall, life is looking up

Injured wakeboarder Brad Smeele is forging an independent life in a newly modified home after a horror crash left him a quadriplegic almost a year ago. The 28-year-old ploughed head first into a ramp when...

‘Exciting’ progress for spinal injury drug

Pioneers in the field of neurological therapy want paramedics to be armed with a breakthrough drug to quickly stop the damage spreading. It's the latest stage in the development of a project which started in...

Call for paralysed participants in clinical trial

A pioneering treatment for people paralysed with spinal cord injuries is now in the early stages of a clinical trial in New Zealand. Paralysed people with spinal cord injuries are being called to take...