Articles Tagged: Spinal Cord Injury Recovery
Published: June 5, 2006 | Category: News
BLAKE Caracella’s wife has told of her relief that her husband had not suffered permanent spinal damage after his collision with Lion Tim Notting on Saturday night.
Jackie Caracella last night remained by her husband’s side at The Alfred Hospital.
It was confirmed yesterday the Magpies forward had suffered a fractured neck and heavy bruising of his spinal cord. Continue Reading »
Published: June 5, 2006 | Category: News
Wheelchair athlete famous for global trek is focused now on injury research
Twenty years ago, Rick Hansen was wrapping up his 40,000-kilometre Man in Motion world tour, “little suspecting that as one long trip was ending, the much longer journey was about to begin.”
The 48-year-old standard-bearer in the battle to find a cure for catastrophic spinal-cord injuries has not slowed down in the past two decades. He will be holding his fourth annual Wheels in Motion national fundraising campaign on Sunday. Continue Reading »
Published: May 28, 2006 | Category: News
It’s a startling fact that as many as 1,000 spinal cord injuries occur each year due to shallow water diving. With swimming pools officially opening nationwide this Memorial Day weekend, millions of American families need to “think first” before diving in for some summer fun. According to the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation and the North American Spine Society, 90 percent of all diving injuries cause a spinal cord injury and result in paralysis, specifically quadriplegia. Well-known television and film actress, Brooke Burns, was in the lucky 10 percent and narrowly avoided paralysis after sustaining a diving injury last November. Burns misjudged depth while diving into her backyard swimming pool and hit the bottom, resulting in a broken neck – a near fatal injury. The 28-year-old actress and mother credits her friend, a paramedic fireman, for saving her life by immobilizing her and floating her in the pool until additional paramedics arrived. Burns underwent extensive surgery and since has made a full recovery. Continue Reading »
Published: May 17, 2006 | Category: News
Yoichi Tomita describes Andrew Donnellan as one of the most “powerful” gymnasts he has ever coached.
And that muscular build, Tomita said, might help the Salpointe Catholic High School junior recover from a spinal cord injury suffered during a routine flip Friday that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Continue Reading »
Published: May 16, 2006 | Category: News
14-year-old Richland girl recovering from spinal cord injury after tumbling accident
The parents of a Richland teenager hurt in a gymnastics accident spoke yesterday of their hopes for her recovery from a spinal cord injury.
“We’re praying and we’re optimistic that she will walk again,” said Claire Senita’s mother, Emily. Continue Reading »
Published: May 15, 2006 | Category: News
When Bill Cawley works out in a shirt and tie, he draws a lot of stares.
The wheelchair likely has something to do with it, too. But the business attire seems completely out of place. That is, until you learn that Cawley doesn’t sweat, the result of a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down. He doesn’t need to change his shirt after exercising, so he can go straight to work in the mornings.
In the 14 years since his injury, Cawley, 37, has learned how important it is to smile in the face of adversity. He jokingly refers to his inactive sweat glands as one of the “fringe benefits” of having your spinal cord broken from the neck down. Continue Reading »
Published: May 11, 2006 | Category: News
Jockey Cindy Murphy remained hospitalized Friday after she was thrown in the fifth race at Prairie Meadows Thursday night. According to her husband, Travis Murphy, the jockey did not sustain any broken bones or head trauma from the accident, but was experiencing temporary paralysis due to a bruised spinal cord.
Murphy fell when her mount, a 4-year-old filly named Ninnescah, was bumped leaving the gate in a 5 1/2-furlong claiming event for maiden fillies and mares. Continue Reading »
Published: May 5, 2006 | Category: News
ODESSA, Texas — Sitting in the sunny living room of his east Odessa home, Joe Beene is a striking contradiction. His glowing tan skin and brilliant white smile are a picture of youthful health. His words are positive and often spoken in jest.
The 23-year-old Odessan has been paralyzed from the neck down since a Nov. 8, 2000, accident on the football field. Permian High School’s Number 11 broke his neck on the last day of practice of his senior year. Continue Reading »
Published: April 30, 2006 | Category: News
Exciting advances in the research effort to develop and refine novel techniques for repairing injured spinal cords have led to promising strategies for regenerating damaged neural tissue, inhibiting scar tissue formation, repairing underlying molecular defects, and restoring function, which are presented and evaluated in a special four-part compendium of papers in the March/April 2006 double Spinal Cord issue (Volume 23, Number 3/4) of Journal of Neurotrauma, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Continue Reading »
Published: April 26, 2006 | Category: News
Purdue University researchers are working to develop a drug that could reverse some spinal cord injuries as well as other neurological traumas.
Richard Borgens, founder of the Center for Paralysis Research and a leader of the team, said the team got the idea for the new drug after discovering that a blood pressure medication called hydralazine can act as an antidote to acrolein, a poison that damaged nerve cells release to destroy themselves. Continue Reading »