Saturday, March 6, 2021

Tag: Personal Story

Quad Gods: The world-class gamers who play with their mouths

Published: February 1, 2021 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Chris Scott was falling towards the ground above Long Island, New York, when he realised that something was wrong.

An experienced skydiving instructor with around 6,000 jumps behind him, this should have just been another day at work. Strapped to Scott’s chest was a tandem jumper named Gary Messina, for whom the jump was an annual birthday tradition.

Woman with spinal cord injury shares pregnancy journey to bring visibility to people in...

Published: December 11, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

A woman with a spinal cord injury who has been a wheelchair user her entire life, is sharing her joy with the world about getting pregnant.

Ryan Shazier Launches New Nonprofit to Support Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: November 23, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Ryan Shazier FundFormer Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier today announced the launch of his new 501(c)3, the Ryan Shazier Fund for Spinal Rehabilitation.

In 2017, Shazier suffered a devastating on-field spinal cord injury after a head-on collision, leaving him paralyzed.

Walter Lewis holds world record for longest living quadriplegic

Published: November 15, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

GAUTIER, Miss. (WLOX) – Claiming a world record is never easy, but one man in Gautier has had a longer road to a record than most.

Guinness World Record holders are often known for accomplishing great or unique feats. Walter Lewis in Gautier holds the Guinness World Record for being the longest living quadriplegic.

Eric LeGrand Reflects on Decade Teaching Others to Believe

Published: October 16, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Ten years after he suffered a spinal cord injury during a football game at MetLife Stadium that left him paralyzed, Eric LeGrand continues to serve as an inspiration at Rutgers, around the state and beyond.

Perhaps the greatest testament to the difference he has made is his number 52 prominently displayed atop SHI Stadium. Retired jersey numbers are rare in college football due to roster sizes that exceed their availability.

Blink of an Eye Podcast

Published: September 2, 2020

Blink of an Eye explores life stories of trauma, loss, awakenings and epiphanies, beginning with my own story when I got the call that one of my 5 children, Archer, was in a catastrophic accident, rendering him paralyzed from the neck down.

You will hear my real time journal entries, and guest interviews will introduce you to some of the extraordinary people behind the scenes.

She broke her back mountain biking. Now she’s a Yale New Haven nurse.

Published: August 15, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

NEW HAVEN — Lindsey Runkel says there are no inappropriate questions to ask her.

There certainly are many questions to ask.

Like, how does a nurse, paralyzed from the chest down, do her job from a wheelchair? How does she stay so effervescently positive all the time? Why does she continue to go mountain biking after a crash in New Hampshire pinched her spinal cord, breaking two vertebrae?

Quadriplegic Record-Breaking Esports Gamer RockyNoHands Signs with Luminosity

Published: August 14, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Rocky Stoutenburgh, a.k.a. RockyNoHands, has just made history yet again. The pro gamer was previously inducted into the Guinness World Records 2020 and Guinness World Records 2020 Gamer’s Edition, earning two different records in Fortnite while using a mouth-operated joystick. Now, according to a report from TheGamerRockyNoHands has become the first quadriplegic gamer to be signed to a professional esports organization.

Emergency Department Dr with a wheelchair

Published: July 11, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

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.

COVID‐19 and Spinal Cord Injuries: The viewpoint from an emergency department resident with quadriplegia

Published: April 19, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) present distinct physiological and social considerations for the emergency physician. During the COVID‐19 pandemic, these considerations may generate unique challenges for emergency physicians managing patients with SCIs. Physiological disruptions may alter the way SCI patients present with COVID‐19. The same disruptions can affect management of this vulnerable patient group, perhaps warranting early aggressive treatment. The medical picture will often be complicated by unique social characteristics. The reliance on caregivers for activities of daily living can, as an example, increase the human resource requirement of an ED. Considering the vulnerabilities and complexities of patients with SCI, the community should prioritise prevention of COVID‐19 infections in this group. In the event that they do present to an ED, planning for and understanding their complexities will facilitate optimal management.