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Wheels Up: A Quadriplegic Pilot’s Inspirational Journey

Published: July 19, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

GASTONIA, NC — A 28-year-old North Carolina pharmacist is pushing physical limitations, conquering stereotypes, soaring to new heights and defying gravity. Continue Reading »

Repeated muscle stimulation can restore movement post paralysis

Published: July 16, 2016

repeated muscle stimulation restore movement post paralysisA new patient study has paved the way for a new opportunity to rehabilitate patients with spinal cord damage.

Dr Anastasia Shulga led the Helsinki University Hospital study in which two patients with spinal cord injuries received a form of treatment that combined transcranial magnetic stimulation with simultaneous peripheral nerve stimulation given repeatedly for nearly six months.

This was the first time that attempts were made to rehabilitate patients paralysed as a result of a spinal cord injury through long-term stimulation treatment of this type. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Surfer Barney Miller Rides Waves to Recovery

Published: July 13, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

New film ‘You and Me’ documents Barney’s journey from wheelchair to surfboard and his friendship with Mick Fanning Continue Reading »

Tongue-controlled computer mouse earns Ontario teen a science prize

Published: July 13, 2016

emma-mogusDevice is like having a ‘mouse inside your mouth,’ says Emma Mogus

An Ontario teen has won a $2,000 science prize for creating and building a computer mouse that is controlled by the tongue.

Emma Mogus, 17, from Oakville, built the TiC, or Tongue-Interface-Communication. There are five buttons inside a mouthguard-type device, which is connected to a computer. Each button controls a different mouse direction. Continue Reading »

‘Can’t’ doesn’t exist for incredible boy who suffers from spinal cord injury

Published: July 13, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

WATCH: Twelve-year-old Tai Young defies the odds and breaks down barriers. Susan Hay has the story in the latest Making a Difference. Continue Reading »

Paralysed Irishman’s inspiring invention will help others living with spinal cord injuries

Published: July 12, 2016

Sean DohertyA MEDICAL engineer from Gloucestershire who was paralysed as a teenager is hoping his pioneering invention will help improve the quality of life for thousands of others like him.

Sean Doherty was just 18 when he broke his neck in a mountain bike accident.

Since then he has lived with Tetraplegia, which means he is disabled and has limited hand and arm function.

The former University of Cardiff student, whose parents are from Belfast and Tipperary, is currently based in London working at the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic remembered as avid deer hunter, outdoorsman

Published: July 11, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

David Pollie 1David Pollie’s favorite place in the world was in the woods, and being a quadriplegic since the age of 15 did not stop him from hunting whitetail deer.

The Grand Rapids man who overcame incredible odds to get back into the woods died unexpectedly last week. He was 32.

David, who raised funds for a special track chair to help his pursuit of whitetail deer, went into cardiac arrest at his home June 30 and never recovered. Continue Reading »

Sabrina Cohen Foundation to open accessible beach in Florida

Published: June 28, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Sabrina Cohen Foundation accessible beachOn July 2, the Sabrina Cohen Foundation will be opening an accessible beach to the public, funded by grants from the Craig H. Nielsen Foundation and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for all citizens of Miami Beach to come and enjoy. Sabrina Cohen, CEO & Founder, created the Foundation in 2006 a few years after sustaining a C3-5 level injury in a car accident at the age of 14. Originally she focused on funding research and educating the public, but then saw the array of needs she could help fill with her organization.

“Recognizing a need for quality-of-life initiatives, in 2012, I expanded the mission of my organization to include more adaptive fitness and recreational opportunities for our disabled community, realizing that a lot could be done to meet an unmet need of helping people stay both mentally and physically strong,” Sabrina said. Continue Reading »

Welcome to the hectic lifestyle of IndyCar team owner and quadriplegic Sam Schmidt

Published: June 25, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

sam-schmidt-lifestyleIt was two days after the Indianapolis 500 when Sam Schmidt answered his cellphone and was asked if he finally was home, home being Henderson and Lake Las Vegas.

No, he said. He was at a Taco Bell heading for that weekend’s IndyCar doubleheader in Detroit. He said he hadn’t been home in like forever, that of the next 33 nights or whatever, he would sleep in his own bed only four times.

That sounded like a crazy schedule, I said. Maybe I should write a story about his hectic lifestyle. Continue Reading »

Woman With Quadriplegia Urges Hollywood To Be More Hopeful

Published: June 25, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

This story contains spoilers for the film “Me Before You.”

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Wisconsin woman is getting a lot of attention for a blog post she wrote criticizing Hollywood’s portrayal of people who are paralyzed. Continue Reading »