The movement of limbs comes so fluidly and effortlessly for many of us that it is easy to take for granted. But those who work in the VCU Health Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation know from firsthand observation that the independence that comes with mobility is a gift. That is why a VCU Health rehabilitation specialist and a technology expert teamed up to create an innovative device that gives patients with tetraplegia the ability to use a laptop with just their eyes.
Tetraplegia indicates paralysis of all four limbs or of the entire body below the neck. To accommodate patients with tetraplegia, the VCU team designed a mobile cart with an extendable arm that holds a laptop. Continue Reading »
Ryan Atkins was on path to graduate from UC when a devastating 2009 car accident left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Six years later, he completes the journey.
THAT FALL PROMISED TO BE HIS BEST EVER.
Ryan Atkins was in his third year at the University of Cincinnati on a full scholarship through the prestigious Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS business program. His beloved UC football team was undefeated that season and on their way to the Sugar Bowl. Thanksgiving break loomed, bookended by a jaunt to New York for a college conference and a trip to Europe that spring. Continue Reading »
IN 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 »
Why should taking my kids to the beach be a source of inspiration? There’s so much more we could talk about than the fact I’ve left the house.
I was on the beach with my family recently. As I made my way along the sand watching my kids in the surf, a man playing cricket with his son called out to me. “It’s great you’re getting out and about. You’re a legend. A real legend.”
I smiled back, somewhat baffled, and continued on my way. I was well up the beach before I had decoded his comment. My mere presence on the beach had so filled this man with admiration that he felt moved to place me in the company of Achilles. Continue Reading »
He cannot walk or move any of his limbs, is perpetually on an automatic wheel chair and needs the support of at least two attendants round the clock. He only manages to raise his right forearm to pick up a pen or mobile phone.
But that has not deterred Jitendra Kumar Biswal, a quadriplegic since childhood, from conceptualizing a film and playing the lead in it. The 35-minute short film, The Desire, is the story of a person with extreme disability and his relationship with a “normal” girl.
“The message of my film is clear: like any other human being, people with disability have feeling, emotion and desire. It is time society recognizes and respects it,” Biswal, 44, told HT. Continue Reading »
AQA is a provider of support and services for people who sustain spinal cord injuries (quadriplegia and paraplegia) and similar physical disabilities. AQA provides a well established attendant care service (AQA Qualcare) for clients living with spinal cord injury and other disabilities.
Individuals affected by SCI have the opportunity to improve quality of life in an inclusive community that recognises their capacity and rights. Continue Reading »
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. About 200,000 people in the United States are affected, including metro man Adam Lane.
Ever since a motorcycle accident seven years ago, Lane has had to learn how to navigate life on another set of wheels. When he’s not driving, Lane is rolling. It’s a skill he learned after his accident.
“The bike threw me and I went head first into a 4×4 sign post,” he explained. Continue Reading »
(CNN) — Hilary Lister had had the difficult conversation with her husband — a few times in fact. The quadriplegic had finally made the decision to end her life, had prepared to say goodbyes to Clifford and the rest of her family.
“It got to a point where I evaluated my life,” Lister told CNN. “I had to decide whether the space that I take up on the sofa [which unable to move she had done for hours and days on end] was still worth inhabiting.
“I came to the conclusion it wasn’t. I was at a very, very low point.
“I knew if and when my condition got any worse I would end my life. That was a decision myself and my husband were both aware of. You don’t make that decision on your own, you have to prepare yourself.” Continue Reading »