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Articles Tagged: Quadriplegic

Quadriplegic Israeli Inventor Designs Device That Allows Him to Stand

Published: August 16, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

ReWalk-UPnRIDE-inventor-Amit-GofferNearly everyone knows about ReWalk, the revolutionary robotic exoskeleton invented in Israel that allows paraplegics to stand, walk, and even navigate steps and run marathons.

Ironically, ReWalk inventor Amit Goffer cannot use his own device because he is a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down following an accident in 1997. But last summer he was finally able to leave home in an upright position, riding the most recent of his inventions — the alpha model of the UPnRIDE.

The first commercial model, UPnRIDE 1.0, will be unveiled at the Rehacare International trade fair in Düsseldorf at the end of September. Continue Reading »

Utah’s longest-living quadriplegic who never stops moving

Published: August 14, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

becky-reeve-longest-living-quadriplegic-in-utahSALT LAKE CITY — Becky Reeve was going to be the world’s greatest missionary and then the world’s greatest mother — until a car accident on an icy road in New Mexico paralyzed her from the neck down, and she determined instead that she would be the world’s greatest handicapped person.

How’s that going?

Well, consider this: It’s been 53 years since that accident, and at 76 years old Becky is not only the oldest quadriplegic in Utah, but one of the longest-living quads in history, not far behind Wally Dutcher, a 79-year-old Florida man who was paralyzed 60 years ago in a diving accident and is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living quadriplegic.

So not too shabby. Continue Reading »

Could this be the first smart car for quadriplegics?

Published: August 2, 2016 | Category: News

smart car for quadriplegics-2In a time where the driverless automated car is becoming a modern reality, we are provided with great potential to make things previously improbable if not impossible suddenly possible.

My interest was piqued when I came across design plans for car that could be controlled by a driver with quadriplegia. At first the idea seemed mere fantasy but as I spoke to transport designer Rajshekhar Dass and learnt move about the control of technical devices through brain waves, facial gestures and infinitesimal movements the idea seemed more of conceivable. Continue Reading »

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 »