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Articles Tagged: Quadriplegic

Welcome to the hectic lifestyle of IndyCar team owner and quadriplegic Sam Schmidt

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

sam-schmidt-lifestyleIt was two days after the Indianapolis 500 when Sam Schmidt answered his cellphone and was asked if he finally was home, home being Henderson and Lake Las Vegas.

No, he said. He was at a Taco Bell heading for that weekend’s IndyCar doubleheader in Detroit. He said he hadn’t been home in like forever, that of the next 33 nights or whatever, he would sleep in his own bed only four times.

That sounded like a crazy schedule, I said. Maybe I should write a story about his hectic lifestyle. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic bride marries her Iron Man

Published: June 7, 2016 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Tracy Todd Wedding 1Tracy Todd recently married the man of her dreams in a beautiful ceremony witnessed by friends, family and members of her community.

Tracy Todd’s life changed forever 18 years ago when an accident left her paralysed from the neck down. Tracy was but a newlywed with a 10-month old baby boy. Following the horrific accident Tracy was left to pick up the pieces and start afresh.

In a no-holds barred interview with us, Tracy revealed how she not only lost the use of her upper and lower limbs, but with unflinching honesty, also told us that she lost her career, her independence and her husband (they got divorced a year after the accident). Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic defies the odds and plays the guitar again

Published: March 4, 2016 | Category: Featured Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

Musician Ryan “Gooch” Nelson was 18 when a car accident left him paralyzed. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Lee Bullock doesn’t let physical limitations stop his music-making passion

Published: February 24, 2016 | Category: News

Lee BullockLee Bullock cannot move most of his body, but he still does more with his time than many able-bodied people.

Mr Bullock became quadriplegic at the age of five after he was hit by a car.

He has been in a wheelchair for more than three decades, which he described as a “very long time to be sitting on your bum”.

But he does not let his wheelchair slow him down, spending his time writing songs and screenplays. Continue Reading »

Severed spinal cord no barrier for former rodeo rider

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

Steven ElliottIN THE final minutes of 2003 at a New Year’s Eve rodeo at Townsville’s Black River, Steven Elliott bucked off a bronc called Spaghetti Western and partly severed his spinal cord.

He welcomed New Year in Townsville Hospital as a quadriplegic. His C6 and C7 vertebrae had dislocated and damaged his spinal cord.

Mr Elliott, 39, is in a wheelchair, but you wouldn’t know it, hardly. The chair itself, covered with bulldust and with a dusty, oilskin-covered water bottle on the foot bar, looks more like something out of a Mad Max movie. Continue Reading »

First Quadriplegic Priest on Path to Sainthood

Published: December 2, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Father Atkinson Quadriplegic Priest 1Father William Atkinson a “tremendous witness to the rest of us”

PHILADELPHIA (ChurchMilitant.com) – The cause for canonization for the first quadriplegic man ordained a priest has received the support of U.S. bishops.

At the annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Maryland, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted unanimously to support the cause for sainthood for Pennsylvania native Fr. William Atkinson.

“The USCCB voted and unanimously agreed that his cause should move forward,” said the Rev. Anthony DiGuglielmo, vice chancellor for the archdiocese of Philadelphia. Continue Reading »

Rio Paralympics: Kurt Fearnley predicts ‘boosting’ cheats will get caught

Published: November 19, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Kurt FearnleyAustralia’s champion wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley says from his first Paralympics, in Sydney 2000, he has heard stories about boosting – the practice among athletes with spinal cord injuries of inflicting trauma on themselves, such as breaking a toe or sitting on their scrotums, to raise their blood pressure and improve performance.

The International Paralympic Committee has announced that in the lead-up to the Rio Paralympics it will crack down on the illegal practice, which involves tricking the brain into triggering autonomic dysreflexia, which causes the body to flush with adrenaline. Continue Reading »

First Female Quadriplegic to Summit Africa’s Highest Peak

Published: September 4, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Training-climb-in-Cape-Town-in-June21-year-old South African ‘ability activist’ Chaeli Mycroft has become the first female quadriplegic to reach the top of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.

Chaeli and her team—the Chaeli Kili Climbers—reached the summit early Thursday morning after five days of gruelling ascent in a specialised wheelchair.

“This is the day of days,” read a message from expedition leader Carel Verhoef late Wednesday evening just before the final push to the summit. Continue Reading »

Tetraplegic student completes Tough Mudder Challenge in a wheelchair he controls with his chin

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

Rob Camm enters the mudTough Mudder, which some say is ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’, is a gruelling 12 mile assault course

A student has become the world’s first tetraplegic to take part in Tough Mudder – navigating the gruelling 12-mile course in a pioneering wheelchair he controls with his chin.

Rob Camm, 21, was paralysed in a car crash two years ago which left him with no movement in his body from the neck down just a week before he was due to start university. Continue Reading »

A look inside Carissa Louise’s life after attaining a C6/C7 complete spinal cord injury

Published: August 15, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Carissa Louise from Alberta Canada shows YouTube viewers that even though she’s living life as a quadriplegic, she is still living life. Continue Reading »