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Articles Tagged: Personal Story

Teens with spinal injuries bolster recovery with decade-long friendship

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

grace-morgan-kennedy-kriegerA rehabilitation gym at the Kennedy Krieger Institute was once a play space for Morgan Dunnigan and Grace Meek.

Despite the seriousness of their spinal cord injuries, the girls, then 6 and 7, squirted water at their doctors and visitors with syringes. They “raced” during balancing exercises. They even had Grace’s father’s toenails painted.

So it’s no wonder that returning to the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute for a week 10 years later was a little like reuniting at summer camp. Continue Reading »

Misfortune won’t get the better of quadriplegic filmmaker Paddy Slattery

Published: May 30, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Paddy Slattery Film MakerIn the 20 years since a car crash left him quadriplegic, filmmaker Paddy Slattery has found nothing but opportunity, inspiration and happiness

Paddy Slattery remembers feeling surprised that he had not noticed before that his friend had the exact same black boot runners as he did. The car in which they were travelling had just crashed. He had decided against putting on his safety belt in case the young driver who had stopped to give them a lift might think he didn’t trust him.

Now Paddy was lying with his head in the driver’s footwell, on the pedals, the driver was on top of him and Paddy was thinking about the boot runners. They were the same as his, but he couldn’t feel the feet that were in them, which is why he thought they belonged to someone else. He tried to shout, but realised he could barely breathe. Continue Reading »

Experimental procedure aimed at repairing spinal cord shows promise

Published: May 22, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

James Mason after the accidentAn experimental procedure aimed at repairing spinal cord injuries is showing promise. It uses stem cells in the damaged areas in hopes of restoring function and movement.

And for one patient, it is promising.

On April 9, 2013, James Mason was an accident waiting to happen.

“There was nothing we could have done to change that night,” said Bob Gambuti. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed grandma given gift of play with her family

Published: May 10, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

Donna Lowich lives with quadriplegia, so interacting with her grandchildren does not come easy. Until she was given Adaptoys, which opened up the world of play between her and her family. VPC Continue Reading »

John the Barber: beats odds to cut hair again, even from a wheelchair

Published: May 9, 2016 | Category: Videos

John the BarberGetting shot six times and becoming paralyzed from the chest-down didn’t stop John “So Icey John” Sharp from becoming one of the best barbers in town.

“I got shot up being at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Sharp, 28, says, adding he wont let the circumstances prevent him from continuing his life.

Today, Sharp cuts hair from his wheelchair at Englewood’s Pro-Line Barber and Beauty. In the last seven months, he’s developed a strong client base, which he’s proud of. Continue Reading »

‘You can still live life’

Published: April 25, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Drew CumpsonIn a few days, Drew Cumpson will be marking the fifth anniversary of an event that dramatically changed his life — but one which he can’t remember.

If he needs to recall the exact date, he only need look at his left arm. Tattooed there is “05/10/11,” along with the words by which he has tried to live ever since: Keep Fighting, Keep Smiling, Stay Strong.

It is all a reminder of the trip Cumpson took to Peru back in May 2011 where a freak accident left him a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Kiwi wakeboarder Brad Smeele back on the water

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

Brad Smeele wakeboardingBrad Smeele, pictured here at the recently opened cable wake park at Auckland’s Onehunga Lagoon, has been out on the water to watch his mates wakeboard on Lake Maraetai near Mangakino.

Once Brad Smeele was carefully lifted on to a speedboat for a rare excursion since a wakeboarding accident left him as a quadriplegic, he didn’t quite take to the trip like a duck to water.

The 29-year-old New Zealander, who has no feeling from the neck down since suffering a serious injury while wakeboarding in Florida in 2014 Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Jaimen Hudson’s soaring success

Published: April 2, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Jaimen Hudson and his girlfriendLeft a quadriplegic by an accident at the age of 17, Jaimen Hudson never said die. Instead, he found a way to soar – and the world took notice.

There’s a time before, and a time after. One’s not better than the other; they’re just different. These days, he doesn’t think much about the “before” time – before the day, at the age of 17, when he flew through the air on his Honda dirt bike for the last time.

There’s nothing he can do about the fact that before, he was 1.9 metres tall and could go free-riding with friends, scooting around sand dunes. Or, of a morning, wander outside in his boxer shorts to see what the surf was doing and, if it was good, nip back home to grab his board. Now, he has to wait until a carer arrives just to get out of bed. Continue Reading »

Wings for Life World Run Ambassador Eric LeGrand: A Work of Art

Published: March 31, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand was paralyzed in an October 16, 2010 college football game, fracturing his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed man overcomes incredible odds

Published: March 4, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Wesley Jones grew up with a passion for the outdoors. He spent many of his weekends either hunting or fishing.

But his life changed forever on April 9, 1987, when he fell from a tree house and broke his neck. Continue Reading »