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Technology helps quadriplegic Miss. man hunt deer, drive, paint

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

evan-edwards-2MERIDIAN, Miss. — A little more than 30 years ago, as an 11th grader, Evan Edwards broke his neck during a tackle in a football game. A C4-5 quadriplegic, the eastern Mississippi man cannot move his lower body, wrists or hands.

He eats by moving special utensils tucked into his wrist brace with his shoulder and elbow. His Mississippi State University cup — representing his alma mater — hooks onto his arm so he can drink from the extra-long straw. A pointer on the end of his brace acts like a finger, pushing the buttons that unlock his van and activate his voice-command environmental controls. Continue Reading »

World-first resort and health spa for people with spinal cord injuries Sargood On Collaroy set to open

Published: November 25, 2016

sargood-on-collaroyA WORLD-FIRST resort and health spa for people with spinal cord injuries is nearing completion on the northern beaches.

The $22 million Sargood On Collaroy has uninterrupted views of the beach and includes 17 specially built, self-contained apartments.

The resort will be partly owned by the State Government’s Icare, the Sargood Foundation and an unknown philanthropist. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic uses painting skills to inspire others

Published: November 22, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

brendon-swartz-1Cape Town – After losing the use of his limbs 14 years ago, Brenton Swartz could have given up on life.

He was shot, leaving him paralysed from the neck down. But the quadriplegic, who studied architecture at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, refused to let life get him down.

Swartz is now an accomplished mouth artist, and used his skill of painting with his mouth to inspire severely disabled children in light of Disability Awareness Month, next month. Continue Reading »

Experimental scaffold hasn’t reversed her paralysis, but she’s embraced life ‘with wheels as legs’

Published: November 21, 2016

jesi-strachamJesi Stracham used to captivate biotech investors and inadvertently move markets with social media posts documenting her dogged quest to get out of her wheelchair and back onto her feet.

These days, the energetic 24-year-old North Carolina resident goes online to tell a different story. Many of her Facebook and Instagram posts show her competing in off-road vehicle races, an adaptive water skiing competition, and a pageant for women with disabilities.

“I really just want to show people that there is life to be had in the wheelchair,” Stracham said. “There is life to be had with wheels as legs.” Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic woman embraces future as mother after IVF treatment

Published: November 19, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

nicole-crawford-and-baby-1BABY Reagan stretches his hands as he lies on a pillow on his mother’s lap.

Nicole Crawford gently kisses his fingers, wondrous at the miracle that is his birth. She can only feel and touch him with her kisses.

She wishes she could hold her newborn baby in her arms, but as a quadriplegic she cannot.

Ever since she was a little girl, Ms Crawford dreamt of being a mum one day, but at age 18, a car accident robbed her of any chance of a ­normal life. Continue Reading »

Grant Awarded to Spot Urinary Tract Infections among Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Published: November 16, 2016

suzanne-groah-md-msphWASHINGTON, D.C. (November 16, 2016) — Suzanne Groah, MD, MSPH, has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to support screening for urinary tract infections (UTIs) among patients with spinal cord injuries at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.

“Urinary tract infection is the most common bacterial infection seen in the outpatient setting and the most common healthcare-associated infection, making it a major worldwide public health problem,” said Dr. Groah. In addition, spinal cord injury patients are at high risk for recurrent UTI, which is known to cause significant pain and discomfort; however, mobility limitations often create barriers to these patients receiving comprehensive care. Continue Reading »

InfiniteInclusion Flashmob by Infinite Flow – A Wheelchair Dance Company

Published: November 15, 2016

Infinite Flow, a nonprofit and America’s first professional wheelchair ballroom dance company, performed a massive flash mob at 4:30pm on Sunday November 13, 2016 at the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Continue Reading »

Woman doesn’t let spinal cord injury keep her off the racetrack

Published: November 14, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

nathalie-mcgloin-paralyzed-race-driver“Life after spinal injury doesn’t have to be any worse, it just has to be different.”

Sometimes you do something just because someone tells you not to.

That was the case for Nathalie McGloin, the only paralyzed female racing driver in the UK.

McGloin suffered a spinal cord injury in a car crash when she was a teenager, which has rendered her paralyzed from the chest down. Continue Reading »

He can’t fly planes, so quadriplegic Charles Brice started a business filming with drones

Published: November 13, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

charles-brice-can-still-flyCHARLES Brice always planned on a career above the clouds — he just imagined it would involve flying planes, not drones.

Mr Brice, 26, was training to become a professional pilot before a motorbike crash in 2010 shattered his spinal cord, leaving him a quadriplegic.

But six years on, the St Morris resident is again taking to the skies, launching a business that uses drones to shoot photos and videos. Continue Reading »

Focus on your ability and not your disability, says Justin Vijay Jesudas

Published: November 11, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

justin-vijay-jesudasSpinal cord injury has not stopped Justin Vijay Jesudas from pursuing his dreams

“All things are difficult before becoming easy,” says Justin Vijay Jesudas. After a car accident left him paralysed from below the neck in 2009, Tiruchi-born Justin is a vocal advocate for rehabilitation of the disabled.

The trick, says Justin, 36, is to focus on one’s ability, rather than disability. He himself balances a career as a software professional in Chennai with a nascent vocation in Paralympic swimming and rifle shooting. He even indulges his passion for long drives with the help of a customised car. Continue Reading »