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Articles Tagged: Hope

Man makes impressive recovery after near-fatal crash

Published: February 7, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Five years of pain can wear anyone down. Ask Josh Heine, and he’ll tell you healing often takes longer than expected.

After a near-fatal car crash in 2007, the 28-year-old Paducah native was left with only limited upper mobility. He had to adapt quickly to life as a quadriplegic, or so people told him.

Now after regaining limited use of his arms and legs, and with several wheelchair marathons under his belt, Heine has modeled for Quickie — a global wheelchair manufacturer — since last May. As a marketing student at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, he’ll begin a national ad campaign in April through wheelchair distributor Sunrise Medical. Continue Reading »

The future of stem cells: tackling hype versus hope

Published: January 28, 2017 | Category: News

Professor Alan Mackay-SimControversy surrounds the link between Australian of the Year Alan Mackay Sim’s research and a Polish team who restored mobility for a paraplegic man.

For many people suffering from disabling conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, spinal injury and paralysis, multiple sclerosis, macular degeneration, heart disease, renal failure and even cancer, announcements in the press around breakthroughs in stem cell research undoubtedly bring hope.

The challenge remains how to accurately communicate what is genuinely possible in terms of therapies and what we scientists hope might be possible but do not yet have strong evidence for. Continue Reading »

Woman With Quadriplegia Urges Hollywood To Be More Hopeful

Published: June 25, 2016 | Category: Featured News | 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 »

Stem cell treatment could help paralyzed patients move

Published: January 15, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Louis TontodonatoLouis Tontodonato’s hopes and dreams may well lie in a virtual coin flip, a digital roll of the dice.

Paralyzed from the neck down, the 20-year-old Naples, Fla., man has enrolled in the first clinical trial testing the ability of stem cells to repair spinal cord injuries and restore sensation and movement in quadriplegics. Early studies in animals and humans have had remarkable results, enabling patients to resume everyday tasks they thought had been lost forever. If those early effects are validated, the treatment has the potential to drastically improve the quality of life and independence of thousands of spinal cord injury patients. Continue Reading »

Boys to Men: Damien’s Journey

Published: November 13, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Boys-to-Men.-Photography-by-Andrew-Campbell-6“I jumped off the back of a boat, my chin hit the water in a weird way, and I dislocated my spine, the C4 and C5. The instant I hit the water my body just stopped working. I was looking face down at the bottom of the lake and I just couldn’t move.“

Dreams of one day surfing in Bali were dashed by a simple accident. An old friend inadvertently untwists this fate and convinces Damien that a mystical Javanese healer can get him walking again. Cameras are documenting his newfound belief and rapid response to the alternative treatment. Another six to 12 months more treatment and Damien might be fulfilling the dream of one day surfing in Bali. Continue Reading »

Hope For Spinal Cord Regeneration

Published: February 11, 2015 | Category: Information

shutterstock_188516501-771x514Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a severely disabling condition that can result in full or partial paralysis, as well as sensory and autonomic dysfunction. SCI has an estimated incidence of 12,000 new cases per year in the United States alone, caused primarily by automobile accidents, falls, violence and sports. Despite extensive research, an effective cure is yet to be defined.

The spinal cord is the bridge between the brain and the rest of the body, conveying motor and sensory information between them. When injury to the spinal cord occurs, these pathways are interrupted, with motor control and sensory perception being impaired as a consequence. Continue Reading »

When a cure isn’t a cure: searching for miracles can do more damage

Published: October 8, 2014 | Category: News

When a cure isn't a cureModern science can offer a lot of things, but the search for a miracle cure to spinal cord injury is dangerous on many levels.

It’s understandable that someone who has just been given life changing news will meet it with disbelief and doubt.

Say, for example, you’re told that an accident has left you with a fractured spine. Maybe it was a car crash. Perhaps it was a simple mistake like diving into a shallow pool or falling off a bike.

There are lots of technical terms being used by the people looking after you, yet all you really hear them saying is; “…you’ll never walk again.” Continue Reading »

Spinal cord injury sufferers live in hope of a medical miracle that could see them walk again

Published: June 28, 2014 | Category: News

Steve PekrisVICTORIAN medical researchers are embarking on a range of exciting trials to improve the lives of people with quadriplegia and prevent the severity of new spinal cord injuries.

Among the projects under way are: electrically stimulated exercise, a sunshine pill and oxygen mask to stop their brain fog and a robotic arm that offers independence.

While international breakthroughs show rats with severed spines walking, experimental stem cell therapies and brain implants moving hands, experts caution that even significant advances take time. Continue Reading »

Science sees future beyond Paralympics

Published: March 5, 2014 | Category: News

mens 200 metre at 2008 Beijing Paralympic GamesPARIS – Imagine a future with no sporting events for paralysed people. A future in which there is no need, as all the would-be competitors will have been cured.

This scenario, laughable just a few decades ago, is no longer far-fetched, experts say.

Bit by bit, important progress is being made in understanding and tackling aspects of paralysis. Continue Reading »

Hope Eternal

Published: July 22, 2013 | Category: News

Christa SextonThe last thing Christa Sexton remembers is the fire truck careening toward her.

When she woke up, face down on the warm highway asphalt, life as she knew it had radically changed.

“I remember it perfectly – everything except for the impact, which is blanked out,” Christa says. “I could see two guys with firemen helmets on, telling me ‘don’t move, don’t move,’ but strangely, I didn’t hurt at all. I was just floating, in and out of consciousness.”

It wasn’t until later at the hospital that she was told that she had a critical spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »