DURHAM — The family of an injured teen wrestler, now confined to a wheelchair, is seeking $65 million in damages.
The statement of claim filed by the Box family alleges negligence on behalf of the defendants. The claims have not been proven in court, but include allegations that Michael Box was moved after he sustained his injury during the wrestling match.
The defendants “failed to observe the cardinal rule of injury care being not to move an injured student . . .” says the statement of claim, filed in Whitby. Continue Reading »
Every 41 minutes someone sustains a spinal cord injury. Almost half of these injuries are due to Motor vehicle crashes, followed by the next most common cause, falls. The majority of those affected are males between the ages of 16 and 30. One minute they’re leading active, independent lives and the next, they’re paralyzed, confined to a wheelchair and destined to a sedentary existence.
Such was the fate of Allan Northrup. Seven years ago, the Eastside man was in a car accident off of I-90 on Thanksgiving weekend. He sustained a C7-T1 spinal cord injury and ended up with a metal plate in his back to realign his spine. He spent two months in rehab and eventually learned how to transfer himself from his bed to his wheelchair. Continue Reading »
It’s 4.5 hard miles down the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden, not far above the floor of the Grand Canyon, and 4.5 even tougher miles back up to the top.
The trail is so challenging that it’s generally been thought that no paralyzed person would ever make the breathtakingly beautiful but physically demanding trip.
Sarah Service, a 22-year-old Paraplegic from Owen County, made the round trip earlier this month, wheeled down the rugged trail and back in a special cart, pushed and pulled by some family members and hardy volunteers, sponsored by Easter Seals of Kentucky and Cardinal Hill Healthcare Systems. Continue Reading »
Findings may someday inform treatments for spinal cord, other nerve injuries
A protein that enables nerve cells to communicate with each other plays a key role in controlling the developing nervous system. Research into how that protein helps precise connections to form among nerve cells may provide a basis for eventual treatments for patients who suffer injuries to their nervous system, including spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »
This research study was carried out by the Thomas Coram Research Unit, the Institute of Education at the University of London between January and July 2008. The study was funded by the Back-Up Trust, an organisation working with spinally injured adults and children, as part of its Schools Project.
The main purpose of the study was to explore the experiences of children and young people with a spinal cord inquiry (SCI) in mainstream school. This was to inform the Back-Up Trust’s Schools Project, which aims to improve the quality of school provision for children with a spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D- IA) delivered the following remarks yesterday on the floor of the Senate urging the adoption of S. 1183, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act.
The text of the speech is below.
Mr. HARKIN. Mr. President, I come to the Senate floor with a heavy heart and a clear purpose. Last Thursday would have been the 56th birthday of a great actor, a devoted father and husband, Christopher Reeve. Many Americans got to know Christopher Reeve when he put on that blue and red uniform of Superman and acted in so many Superman roles. He was also on television and stage. So we always think of Christopher Reeve as the first Superman. Continue Reading »
This time of year brings an incredible group of athletes to North Central Washington, but it is not likely that you have ever heard of them by name. To get an idea of what they do, you would have to spend a day or two in a wheelchair. Seriously, you should try it some time, maybe for just a few hours. Try to go without using your legs for an entire day if you really want to know what it takes to get from point A to point B by using your arms alone. Then imagine powering yourself from Lincoln Rock Park to Rocky Reach Dam, across the river, up over Navarre Coulee, through Chelan, up to Wells Dam, and back to Lincoln Rock on a bicycle built for arms. That is just what some of the wheelchair athletes riding the Dam2Dam www.Dam2Dam.org did this weekend! Continue Reading »