Although Kenneth Martin is confined to a wheelchair because of a spinal cord injury, his imagination knows no limits.
The independent living coordinator of L.I.F.E. Inc., a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping disabled adults lead independent and productive lives, Martin enjoys painting in his spare time and hopes to become a full-time working artist one day.
“I love the freedom to express certain concepts in a visual form,” he said. “I like expressing universal experiences that people of all cultures can relate to.” Continue Reading »
(San Diego’s East County) — “When I first had my stroke, I couldn’t speak or move my right side. I couldn’t walk,” recalled Austin Junkin, 80, of Lemon Grove. “Now I can do anything. I lift 100 pounds with ease,” he said, demonstrating his physical prowess by hoisting weights above his head inside the Challenge Center at Sunset Park in La Mesa.
Challenge Center isn’t any ordinary gym. The facility specializes in helping severely disabled patients, including those with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, attain dramatic improvements even after other physical therapy programs have failed. View Video. Continue Reading »
Gabe Rodreick, who suffered a spinal injury in Costa Rica, hopes to get back to a top rehab center.
Gabe Rodreick of south Minneapolis was on an exchange trip to Costa Rica in July when he suffered a severe spinal cord injury during a scuba diving excursion.
Upon waking in the nearest hospital, the 16-year-old learned he was unable to move his hands and legs. Not too long afterward, Gabe’s determination to regain his strength and hopefully walk and play the piano again kicked in. It hasn’t let up since then, said his mother, Carolyn Rodreick. Continue Reading »
OBJECTIVE: To measure the acquisition, use and satisfaction with high technology equipment by spinal cord injured tetraplegic subjects. DESIGN AND SETTING: A questionnaire was mailed to 102 tetraplegic subjects who were hospitalised in the rehabilitation center of Kerpape (Ploemeur, France) between 1998 and 2004, and 59 subjects responded. The questionnaire asked about the use of telephones, computers, wheelchairs and environmental controls at home. Continue Reading »
The Association for Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injuries (ARSCI) recently announced the forthcoming launch of Sri Lanka’s first ever Rehabilitation Centre for Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) situated adjoining the Ragama Teaching Hospital. The ‘ARSCI Centre’ is donated by the Hussein Esufally Charitable Trust and is expected to be fully operational in February 2009.
Addressing a media conference on the occasion of World Disability Day (03 December), President of the Sri Lanka Medical Association Prof. Lalitha Mendis said, “Disability due to Spinal Cord Injury has become a major problem with the increasing number of road traffic and other accidents such as falls from heights such as trees. Continue Reading »
THIBODAUX – As one of his last acts during a century-long life of charity and accomplishment, retired Houma attorney Elton Darsey ensured a better future for a paralyzed Thibodaux athlete he only recently met.
Darsey donated $40,000 this week to the Myron Wright Foundation, whose 22-year-old namesake suffered a spinal-cord injury while playing football for Thibodaux High in 2002.
Darsey died Wednesday morning of natural causes, his great-niece, Diane Baker, said. Continue Reading »
A quarter of a million Americans are currently living with spinal cord injuries, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Although most people know this type of injury can be a devastating diagnosis, not everyone knows there are many different types of spinal cord injuries. The location of the injury along the spinal cord determines what parts of the body are affected. Different types of spinal cord injuries include: Continue Reading »