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Articles Tagged: Quality Of Life

Disabled TV Host’s Speech ‘Why Am I Still Alive’ Which Has Inspired Millions Despite Growing Controversy

Published: January 24, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

You might have come across her inspirational speech being shared online, in which she talked about how her husband jumped out of the car and saved himself while she survived with grave injuries in a horrific car accident.

The story she tells is compelling and moving, with over a 100 million viewers and counting as people all over the world responded to her inspiring message of overcoming the odds despite immense obstacles that life has dealt her.

Often referred to as Pakistan’s Iron Lady, Muniba Mazari’s amazing story about her journey back from massive spinal injuries that left her bedridden for two years is incredibly moving, so much so that she has found international acclaim as a TV host and United Nations goodwill ambassador. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic with ‘Extreme Home Makeover’ defies odds, still improving

Published: January 12, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

Brian Keefer has always been an adrenaline junkie.

A 2008 gymnastics accident in which Keefer suffered a spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic could have stopped him, but it didn’t.

“Brian’s had some adventures since he’s had his injury,” his father said.

From scuba diving in the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, where “sharks swam right into my face,” to ziplining at Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry, Keefer has had his share. Continue Reading »

For more than 30 years, A-1 Scuba and Craig Hospital have partnered to provide a scuba experience for patients

Published: January 10, 2018 | Category: News

Deep beneath the surface of a crystal blue pool or a dark green ocean, differences tend to fade. As a former physical therapist at Craig Hospital of Englewood and longtime scuba diver, Scott Taylor knows this better than most.

“Water is the great equalizer,” he frequently says.

He and his wife, Lynn, own and operate A-1 Scuba and Travel Aquatics Center in Littleton, a business Lynn’s father opened more than 58 years ago. Continue Reading »

LeGrand and Nichols inspire spinal cord patients together

Published: December 18, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

NEW BRUNSWICK – Promoting positivity, Eric LeGrand and Mike Nichols took several pediatric patients by surprise with a visit at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital Monday.

With smiles, laughter, encouraging words and shared experiences, Nichols and LeGrand — who dressed as Santa Claus — demonstrated their unique understanding of the challenges faced by these patients. Nichols, 21, and LeGrand, 27, both paralyzed during sporting events, stopped at the therapy room to check on how a few patients were making out before meeting up with some more patients in the recreation room. Continue Reading »

Gloves for Life

Published: December 8, 2017 | Category: Links | Spinal Cord Injury:

Enable Your Hands — Enable Your Life!

These unique push gloves are designed to help quadriplegics and others with limited dexterity by making it more efficient and less strenuous to maneuver wheelchairs and to aid in daily tasks such as transfers and dressing.

The gloves help the user become more independent thus improving their quality of life. The combination of quality suede, a “tacky” palm insert, and an easy on and off closure make them a valuable resource. Continue Reading »

‘It’s all about adapting’: How a wheelchair user made his house accessible

Published: October 30, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Thomas Rogers’s house has a lowered kitchen counter, wide hallways, and a elevator

When it comes to what he can and can’t do in his house, compared with an able-bodied person, Thomas Rogers says the only difference is that he can’t reach the top of his closet.

“That’s about it!” he said.

Rogers has made his house in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s into an entirely accessible living space. Continue Reading »

They created a computer station — and changed a quadriplegic patient’s life

Published: September 21, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

With hard work and ingenuity, three VCU occupational therapy students devised a swiveling computer table that will help Derrick Bayard increase his independence.

Before dawn on Aug. 8, Derrick Bayard began having severe pain in his abdomen, followed by body spasms. Soon after, it became hard to breathe. He was home alone, a detail made exponentially more important — and dangerous — by the fact that he’s a quadriplegic, unable to use his hands and feet. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic is living a full life

Published: September 13, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Bungee jumping, paragliding and kite-surfing. Not everyone can do these extreme sports, but these are just a few of the things that Brenton Swartz, a quadriplegic, ticks off his bucket list.

Swartz from Atlantis outside Cape Town was only 15 years old when his life changed forever.

It was an ordinary day and he and his siblings were playing at home when a tragic incident left him paralysed from the neck down. His brother accidentally shot him while they were playing. Continue Reading »

Patients with paralysis learn how to scuba dive at the Kennedy Krieger Institute

Published: August 12, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

As her father guided her wheelchair down the ramp alongside the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s pool on Saturday, 12-year-old Tylena Fisher fiddled with the folds of the borrowed wet suit she was wearing, and took a few deep breaths.

This is a girl who loves the feel of water sluicing around her limbs, who until recently was working on her underwater swimming, who takes every opportunity to spend time in the water. Continue Reading »

Toyota robot helps Army ranger paralyzed in Afghanistan

Published: July 3, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

For the first time, Toyota has tested its in-home robot in the United States. Continue Reading »