The Eric Westacott Foundation has raised over $30,000 for physical therapy for 11-year old Alex Malarkey. The funds will allow young Alex to participate in two separate two-week programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury in Baltimore, Maryland, and to receive a Functional Electrical Stimulus (FES) bike and tilt-table donated by Lorraine Valentini and Chris Reyling.
The Eric Westacott Foundation (EWF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the study and cure of spinal cord injuries (SCI), announced today that it has raised over $30,000 to provide physical therapy for 11-year old Alex Malarkey.
As a bright, young cheerleader trying out for the high school varsity squad, 14-year-old Laura Jackson had everything going for her.
But when a back flip went wrong during a try-out without a trained spotter on hand, Laura landed on her head fracturing her neck and damaging her spinal cord. Laura is now paralyzed and breathes with the help of a ventilator.
Cheerleading has become the leading cause of catastrophic injury in young female athletes, says Amy Miller Bohn, a physician at the UMHS department of family medicine. Data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that rates of injuries from cheerleading accidents have gone from nearly 5,000 in 1980 to close to 26,000 to 28,000 in the past few years, Miller Bohn says.
Device Helps Patients Breathe After Spinal Cord Injuries
ATLANTA (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Every year, spinal cord injuries force more than 11,000 people into a wheelchair. In the most serious cases, just taking a breath on their own is impossible. Patients often rely on cumbersome mechanical ventilators to stay alive, but a new device may free patients from the ventilators and help them breathe on their own.
A year ago, paramedics rushed Jenny Sorenson to the ER. She thought she was having a heart attack.
It was the early 1980s, and Robb Dunfield, 19, was ready to celebrate the first night of summer with his friends in Vancouver’s Spanish Banks.
Looking for a high spot to watch a flotilla of tall ships in the dimming light, they climbed up to the third floor of a condo under construction, and were ready to settle into an unfinished balcony.
The two-by-four that was the railing, attached to the skeletal building by two nails, gave way as his two friends put their weight on it.
BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington mother convicted of child endangerment for allowing her daughter to drive without a license was ordered to serve one day in jail and pay $1 million in restitution to the family of a 15-year-old boy confined to a wheelchair since the girl ran over him in September.
Stephanie Uzueta, 39, and her daughter Emily Uzueta, now 16, were in court on charges relating to an accident that critically injured Brandon Major, of Bloomington.
WALLED LAKE – From great adversity, heroes can emerge. They then can inspire and lead others to become more than they ever imagined. Walled Lake Central High School physical education teacher Kirk Pedersen, who suffered a severe spinal cord injury Oct. 25 when he fell out of a tree stand and broke his neck, is considered a hero by staff and the 1,600 students at the school where he has taught for four years.
Pedersen, 38, of Northville and a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, was transferred from a facility in Louisville, Ky., on March 25 to the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids.
Surviving a spinal cord injury is something to be thankful for, but it’s still devastating.
For one New Yorker, an accident changed his life forever – but a new device is helping him regain his independence.
Spinal cord injuries not only affect a person’s ability to move – they can also hamper patients’ ability to breathe. When that happens, patients are required to be attached to a bulky ventilator at all times.
Now, though, a device is helping one spinal injury victim get off the machine and breathe easier.
For 31-year-old semi-pro football player Jamal Davis, one tackle changed his life forever.
Brooke Rallis came to the University of New Hampshire in high hopes of being considered an equal among the thousands of freshmen.
Standing at 5 feet 3 inches with her crutches, Rallis underestimated the tribulations that would come with a large-walking campus in the New England Region.
In June 2006, when she was 16 years old, Rallis was just like any other teenager. As she played a game one day, a game like “Simon Says,” she was told to “hit the deck” and ended up falling forward and tore an artery in her neck, which resulted in a blood clot and stopped the blood flow to her spinal cord.