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Tag: Valley Medical Center

Finding a new outlet through quadriplegic rugby

Published: April 28, 2016

Team captain Earl Bowser uses the backs of his hands to push his titanium wheelchair across the battle-worn gym floor, carrying a volleyball in his lap and several lifetimes of optimism.

Stem cell trial halted, but 23-year-old recipient still has hope

Published: December 13, 2011

Paralyzed from the torso down, Katie Sharify heads home from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center on Wednesday, daring to hope that the 2 million stem cells creeping up her damaged spine will help her walk again.

The 23-year-old from Pleasanton is one of only five spinal cord patients in the country who received an experimental dose of stem cells the late “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve could only dream about. She may also be the last.

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