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Articles Tagged: Australia

Teen rescuer who become quadriplegic celebrates 50 years in a wheelchair

Published: September 24, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Half a century in a wheelchair – it’s not a milestone celebrated often, if at all.

But Peter Kuprijanow is not your average person.

Hailing from Killara, Mr Kuprijanow and his friends were the talk of the town in 1966 when they came to the rescue of a family whose car had crashed into the Kiewa River – one person tragically died, but an elderly couple and two children were saved.

A year later, the young man was again in everyone’s thoughts, after he broke his neck at that same spot. Continue Reading »

Life goes on after acquired disability

Published: September 12, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

ON A summer day in 1985, Bruce Stark got up, went to work and became a quadriplegic. Bruce, who is president of the Sunshine Coast’s first independent disability services organization, 121 Care, gives an insight into what it is like to face the challenge of living with an acquired disability.

I WAS working as a plumber at Dalby and fell through a galvanised iron roof.

I was 23 at the time.

When I first woke up in hospital, I was wondering what the hell was going on. Continue Reading »

The house that love built: Kurt Drysdale Comes Home

Published: August 1, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

A young man rendered a quadriplegic by a freak footy accident now has a house designed to meet his every need thanks to the generosity of friends, the community, and the audience of A Current Affair.

Kurt Drysdale was just 20 when he injured his spine in a wayward tackle during a weekend rugby league match.

He was left unable to breathe on his own and without most of his movement, and faced spending the rest of his life in hospital or care.

However, his family was determined to bring him home. Continue Reading »

Stunning photographs show an abseiling instructor mother plunging off a cliff in her wheelchair with her eight-year-old son for the first time since becoming a quadriplegic

Published: May 8, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

The incredible moment a former abseiling instructor who lost the use of her legs in 2013 after a ‘simple operation on a bulging disc’ was able to dangle off the side of a cliff in her wheelchair has been caught on camera.

Stunning images show Sarah Jane Staszak, 43, with her son Hamish exploring Australia’s scenic Blue Mountains National Park.

The abseiling experience was part of a project by The heART Project which included a full photo shoot highlighting the excitement of the day. Continue Reading »

The Sargood Effect – Revolutionising Holidays for People With Disability

Published: March 1, 2017 | Category: News

Sargood on CollaroyEveryone loves a good holiday. But for many people in a wheelchair, going on vacation can often be a very stressful undertaking.

With much of the available accommodation and attractions lacking the resources to properly assist, a quick getaway can turn into a luxury that gets put in the too-hard basket.

But that could be set to change.

In what is being hailed a world-first, a new accessible resort designed specifically for people living with a spinal injury has opened it’s doors on Collaroy Beach in New South Wales. Continue Reading »

The future of stem cells: tackling hype versus hope

Published: January 28, 2017 | Category: News

Professor Alan Mackay-SimControversy surrounds the link between Australian of the Year Alan Mackay Sim’s research and a Polish team who restored mobility for a paraplegic man.

For many people suffering from disabling conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, spinal injury and paralysis, multiple sclerosis, macular degeneration, heart disease, renal failure and even cancer, announcements in the press around breakthroughs in stem cell research undoubtedly bring hope.

The challenge remains how to accurately communicate what is genuinely possible in terms of therapies and what we scientists hope might be possible but do not yet have strong evidence for. Continue Reading »

New trial may revolutionize treatment of spinal cord injury patients

Published: January 20, 2017 | Category: News

Queensland researchers are launching a world-first clinical trial aimed at improving recovery from spinal cord injuries.

In the study, led by The University of Queensland and The Princess Alexandra (PA) Hospital, a new anti-inflammatory drug will be given to participants within hours of spinal trauma in an effort to minimize tissue damage.

Dr Marc Ruitenberg from the UQ School of Biomedical Sciences said when the spinal cord is injured, it becomes inflamed and this causes a lot of additional damage. Continue Reading »

Golf: A game for everyone

Published: January 10, 2017 | Category: Information

After becoming a quadriplegic in 2008, Sydneysider James Gribble’s is on an inspiring journey to make golf accessible for all abilities.

Everything changed in James Gribble’s life when an accident in 2008 left him with a broken neck. But one thing remained the same – he’s still a golfer.

Though it wasn’t easy for the quadriplegic.

For four years, he endured intensive rehabilitation, proving a series of doctors wrong to achieve significant recovery milestones – walking short distances on crutches and, most importantly, swinging a golf club. Continue Reading »

World-first resort and health spa for people with spinal cord injuries Sargood On Collaroy set to open

Published: November 25, 2016 | Category: News

sargood-on-collaroyA WORLD-FIRST resort and health spa for people with spinal cord injuries is nearing completion on the northern beaches.

The $22 million Sargood On Collaroy has uninterrupted views of the beach and includes 17 specially built, self-contained apartments.

The resort will be partly owned by the State Government’s Icare, the Sargood Foundation and an unknown philanthropist. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic woman embraces future as mother after IVF treatment

Published: November 19, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

nicole-crawford-and-baby-1BABY Reagan stretches his hands as he lies on a pillow on his mother’s lap.

Nicole Crawford gently kisses his fingers, wondrous at the miracle that is his birth. She can only feel and touch him with her kisses.

She wishes she could hold her newborn baby in her arms, but as a quadriplegic she cannot.

Ever since she was a little girl, Ms Crawford dreamt of being a mum one day, but at age 18, a car accident robbed her of any chance of a ­normal life. Continue Reading »