Articles Tagged: Spinal Cord Injury Recovery
Published: February 7, 2006 | Category: News
DALLAS — It takes a body harness, a sophisticated exoskeleton and a quarter-million-dollar treadmill, but Albert Pruitt walks.
Pruitt, who has been partially paralyzed since 1976, is taking small steps, literally and figuratively, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Spinal Cord Injury Lab.
“It’s almost like having a sense of freedom,” says Pruitt, 44, who works for a software design company in Dallas. “It makes me feel better all around. Just feeling the sensation of walking is such a confidence-builder.” Continue Reading »
Published: February 5, 2006 | Category: News
Nat Little gently wraps his arms around Tamela Johnston and squeezes with all the strength he can muster.
“Good,” the personal trainer tells him. “It’s getting stronger.”
A simple hug is a big step for the former Carrollton R.L. Turner High School football player, who was paralyzed from the neck down in a spring football game 1 ½ years ago.
Thanks to the help of strangers, friends and family, Nat is on the road to recovery – one small step at a time. Continue Reading »
Published: February 1, 2006 | Category: News
DETROIT — If you were looking for the most meaningful story of Super Bowl week, it wasn’t at the NFL’s annual Media Day extravaganza yesterday, where thousands of reporters gathered to question the Seahawks and Steelers.
The best story was a mile away, where one of the most inspirational players to ever put on a helmet sat in a wheelchair at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. Continue Reading »
In recent years, a variety of aggressive physical Rehabilitation programs have emerged that seem to restore significant function for many people after spinal cord injury (SCI), even years after injury. This article discusses several of the programs, as well as key issues surrounding their use. Continue Reading »
Published: January 30, 2006 | Category: News
Therapy could help restore some function, some studies suggest
Vibrating tingles of electricity worm into the thin legs of paralyzed children, pulling at their muscles to pump up and down on a special bicycle.
It’s called electrical stimulation exercise therapy, and small but tantalizing studies suggest that this intense rehab just might help restore some function to people with spinal cord injuries, even if they were paralyzed long ago. Continue Reading »
Published: January 25, 2006 | Category: News
A homecoming for a young tornado victim.
Thirteen-year-old William Pfingston suffers from a paralyzing spinal cord injury when a twister tore through the Eastbrook mobile home park.
After months of treatment at an Indianapolis hospital, William is now back home in Evansville.
It’s been an exhausting few months for the Pfingston family. William’s battle to recover has taken an emotional toll. Continue Reading »
Published: January 14, 2006 | Category: News
Thomas “Jay” Harn is just 16, but he’s had a passion for hunting since he was barely kindergarten age.
On Nov. 5, the Banks County High School student was doing what he loved best, deer hunting in Middle Georgia’s Hancock County.
Then one misstep changed his life forever. Leaning out of a deer stand, he somehow fell forward, somersaulted in the air and landed on his back more than 10 feet below. Continue Reading »
Published: January 12, 2006 | Category: News
Hwang Woo-suk’s reputation, and the hopes of millions of disabled people, balanced precariously on the outcome of the investigation into his alleged cloning successes. Longing for a cure for paralysis, I held out a faint hope that Seoul National University’s final report, released Tuesday, would clear Hwang’s name and allow him to continue his research.
On the count of fabricating data about 11 tailor-made embryonic stem-cell lines in 2005: guilty. On the count of lying in 2004 about being the first scientist in the world to derive human cloned embryonic stem cells: guilty. Continue Reading »
Published: January 11, 2006 | Category: News
College student ready to undergo experimental stem cell transplant
MISHAWAKA — Joey McTigue relies on his muscular shoulders and arms to pull himself down the lane of the Memorial Hospital’s rehab pool. Leg power isn’t available. A float holds his knees together and keeps his legs from sinking.
It really doesn’t matter how fast he goes. Speed is no longer the main goal for the former Michiana Soccer Association standout.
Instead, his workouts are about time. Continue Reading »
Published: January 10, 2006 | Category: News
NEW YORK — Having spent 23 years in a wheelchair, Wall Street analyst Henry Stifel keeps a close eye on spinal cord research. And he says the latest scientific scandal in South Korea has not dimmed his hope that stem cells may one day help people like him.
“Some research was discredited. It doesn’t discredit all the research that’s been achieved,” said Stifel, who is quadriplegic. Continue Reading »