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Do acute SCI patients see better outcomes if undergoing surgery within 1st 4 hours?

Published: September 1, 2016 | Category: Answers | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

TCRM-108856-F02Researches in Germany studied whether time of surgery impacted neurological outcomes for patients with acute spinal cord injury, according to Journal of Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management.

Specifically, they analyzed 51 spinal cord injury patients, aged an average of 43.4 years. The patients had acute spinal fractures from C2 to L3 or nonosseous lesions. Continue Reading »

Finding the ‘Wright Stuff’ to Press Onward

Published: April 16, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

The Wright Stuff by Victor J. Wright and David RutherfordLos Angeles (PRWEB) Spinal injuries affect approximately 276,000 Americans with varying degrees of longevity and quality of life. For Victor J. Wright, his young age and athletic build aided him in beating the odds.

As a 15-year-old high school football player, Wright suffered a spinal cord injury during a botched play that paralyzed him from the neck down. In his new memoir “The Wright Stuff,” penned by David Rutherford, Wright describes his struggles and successes after becoming a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Chris Ackerman’s First Ride In 12 Years With Robbie Maddison

Published: April 9, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

Freestyle motocross legend Robbie Maddison’s close friend Chris Ackerman suffered a freestyle accident in 2003 at Dumont Dunes that potentially could have taken his life. Continue Reading »

Joel Sardi: My Spinal Cord Injury…

Published: March 23, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , , ,

joel-royal_talbot-smallThe loss of hand function is one of the most devastating consequences of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) because of its severe impact on the everyday activities of daily living. Melbourne University Researcher Professor Mary Galea and Ms Natasha van Zyl, one of three specialist surgeons in the Upper Limb Program at Austin Health, supported by the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR), are carrying out pioneering research in support of nerve transfer surgery for SCI patients in Victoria. The surgery involves plugging surplus live nerves into nerves that no longer work to reactivate muscles and restore movement in patients’ hands. One of the patients going through the surgery is Joel Sardi. Continue Reading »

Former surfer, now quadriplegic’s advice: Never give up

Published: January 17, 2015 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

ronheagy_184ALBANY, Ore. — Ron Heagy Jr. of Millersburg, Ore., used to think he had problems.

He was 17, 6-foot-2, and could bench-press 300 pounds. He was going to be a fullback for Oregon State University. He had plans for spring break that didn’t include dragging his little brother along on a surfing trip.

But here he was, stuck with a 13-year-old, so mad he shrugged off his mother’s request for a hug goodbye.

March 17, 1980. A perfect, pristine morning, the day before his 18th birthday. Heagy left his brother snoozing on the sand and headed out for what looked like the perfect wave. Continue Reading »

Aspen teen battles back from catastrophic accident

Published: December 28, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , , , ,

DENVER — Craig Hospital is known around the world for helping patients recover from spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. They have treated more than 30,000 patients since 1956. We are honored to share some of their patients stories. Stories of Hope. Continue Reading »

Laboratory Breakthrough Offers Promise for Spinal Cord Injury Patients to Breathe on Their Own Again

Published: November 17, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Case Western Reserve University School of MedicineCase Western Reserve Researcher Presents Findings that Could Free Patients from Ventilators – Even Years after Injury

Case Western Reserve researchers have developed a procedure that restores function to muscles involved in the control of breathing – even when they have been paralyzed for more than a year. The breakthrough offers hope that one day patients with severe spinal cord injuries will be able to breathe again without the assistance of a ventilator. Continue Reading »

iLove Stories of Independence

Published: August 18, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

An amazing insight on how technology is empowering independence. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Perry Cross on why he travels to India as a ‘stem cell tourist’ to find a cure for paralysis

Published: July 16, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Perry Cross a C2 quadriplegicPERRY Cross was just 19 when he suffered a devastating neck injury that should have killed him.

Doctors told his family he had months to live, and if he survived beyond that the best he could hope for as a quadriplegic was just 10 years.

Now almost 20 years later, Mr Cross is still cheating death after a rugby accident that left him unable to walk, talk, eat, move his head or even breathe without the help of a respirator. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic savors what others take for granted

Published: June 10, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Quadriplegic savors what others take for grantedMaking the most of every moment

It will be 10 years this November since Justin Cochran attempted to entertain his family with a back handspring on a golf course and almost died.

The young man, who was only 21 at the time, fell directly on his head on that golf course in Kentucky just after Thanksgiving 2004. He was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he spent 12 days on a ventilator. He was paralyzed from the chest down after crushing the C1 and C2 vertebrae and needed a ventilator to breathe. Continue Reading »