(WJBK) – A 28-year-old man from Clarkston is told he’ll never walk again after a tragic accident, but with modern medicine and raw determination he’s working to prove doctors wrong.
Vince Rutley was newly engaged, learning to act and had just started standup comedy. Then, one day, his brother had car trouble on northbound I-75 near M-59. As Rutley was pulling over to help jumpstart the battery, he was hit by a truck.
He says he was tossed around inside his vehicle and his head was busted open – but his neck snapping is what did the most damage to his body. Continue Reading »
A new discovery suggests it could one day be possible to chemically reprogram and repair damaged nerves after spinal cord injury or brain trauma.
Researchers from Imperial College London and the Hertie Institute, University of Tuebingen have identified a possible mechanism for re-growing damaged nerve fibres in the central nervous system (CNS). Continue Reading »
Hunter Garstin, 15, shows remarkable improvement 100 days after getting hurt during a match
ATLANTA — If Hunter Garstin gets the chance to wrestle again — if his body and his parents cooperate — he will.
But the 15-year-old Franklin, Ga. resident realizes that’s a long way off.
The Independence High School freshman suffered a spinal cord injury at a wrestling tournament 100 days ago. He was initially paralyzed from the neck down, but he has regained full use of his arms and partial use of his hands. He can manually operate a wheelchair and is working toward walking again. Continue Reading »
Her body was broken and paralysed from the waist down. Doctors told her parents to prepare for the worst. Even when she rolled out of hospital in a wheelchair six months later, lucky to be alive, they said she’d never walk again or have children.
“I thought about giving up,” Janine tells news.com.au. “But there was something inside of me that thought, ‘I’ve come back for a reason … I’d better bloody find out what it is.’ Continue Reading »
Deep-brain stimulation, a technique used for more than a decade to manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, may help restore greater function and more natural movement to patients with spinal cord injuries that have left at least a few nerves intact, new research says.
A study published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine showed that in rats whose spinal cords were partially severed, the implantation of a pacemaker in the brain’s mesencephalic locomotor region – a control center for the initiation of movement – restored the hind limbs’ ability to run and support weight to near-normal levels. Continue Reading »
Researchers Observe Inflammation in Animal Models Far From Trauma Location
COLUMBUS, Ohio – New research suggests that treadmill training soon after a spinal cord injury can have long-lasting positive effects on recovery – as long as the training is accompanied by efforts to control inflammation in the lower spinal cord.
The study, in animals, also is among the first to show that spinal cord injuries can create impairments in parts of the cord located many spine segments away from the trauma site. Continue Reading »
Surgeons at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have restored some hand function in a quadriplegic patient with a spinal cord injury at the C7 vertebra, the lowest bone in the neck. Continue Reading »
More good news on 18-year-old paralyzed racer Michael Johnson from Mt. Morris: He keeps winning races and is being featured in the newest issue of Racer Magazine, the premier North American motor sports publication.
The Free Press introduced readers to Johnson a couple of years ago, when he was racing go-karts with hand controls and preparing for experimental stem cell surgery as a result of a motorcycle racing accident in Sarnia, Ontario, in 2005. He fractured his T5 and T6 vertebrae in the accident and was left without movement from the waist down. Continue Reading »