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SCI Patient Stories

Kamiljon Halbayen SCI Patient Story

Patient Kamiljon Halbayen, 27year old from Turkmenistan met a car accident 1 year ago and injured his Spinal Cord. The surgery was carried out in Turkmenistan to repair the cord but the patient became paraplegic and was bed ridden and paralyzed from waist down...

Kenny Potts, Spinal Cord Injury

My name is Kenny Potts. I am 24 years old. I was 22 years old when I broke my neck riding my dirt bike at a local track in Perris, California. I reside in Riverside, California (USA). By trade, I am a Carpenter working for Panelize Structures out of Chino, Ca. I was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 944...

Michael Delaney, C2, C3 and C5 Spinal Cord Injury

In late December 2007 Michael broke the adontoid peg off C2 and damaged C3 and C5 in a swimming accident. He lay face down in the water because he was paralysed and when he was pulled from the water unconscious, the paramedic resuscitated him. He gradually regained movement down his left side but was totally paralysed down his right side and had limited sensation/feeling down his left side...

Zivota Jeremic, 50 years, Spinal Cord Injury

My left arm was completely non-functional. I could use my right arm with 40% capacity, but fine motor control was lacking. I had no feeling below my chest, although I was able to sense the need for urination and defecation. My life had completely changed. I began to lose hope because conventional medicine had no answer to my predicament...

Zvonko Milojevic, 38 years, Spinal Cord Injury

My first treatment was in December 2008. After that treatment, I did my best to exercise; a combination of physical therapy and swimming pool exercises. However, the recovery was slow because I had spasms. Because of these spasms, improvement was not as expected...

Patricia Miller, 51 years, Spinal Cord Injury

I was airlifted to a Trauma Center and woke up 2 days later. They set my ankle and waited for the swelling to go down. Two days after my accident I had back surgery, and a flexible plate was put in. A week after my accident my right ankle was rebuilt in surgery. I was told I would never walk again. I asked if that was the case, then why could I feel the doctor's hand on my foot. I was then considered incomplete paraplegic. My response to them was, "It's in God's hands now"....

Justin McCray, 17 years, Spinal Cord Injury

Monday will be a red-letter day for Justin McCray. Bright and early on Monday morning, McCray will meet the bus outside his home in the Glendale community and go to school...

Lavinia Conopan, 31 years, Spinal Cord Injury

We were driving home from my 25th birthday celebration when the driver took a curve too fast and lost control over the car. The car spun around, crushed and landed on its roof. I was seating in the passengers seat and was not wearing a seatbelt - so, subsequently, I flew out off the side window and landed on the asphalt - with my spine and my head. My injuries were nearly fatal and I was in a coma for 2 days and have no recollection of the next 4-5 weeks after the accident...

Ransom Doyle, 52 years, Spinal Cord Injury

I was 21, a carefree college student, active in sports and other outdoor activities, but then I fell 75 feet off a cliff ontohard rock. When I woke up 5 days later at the hospital, I thought that I had been dreaming, but the nurses informed me that I had suffered a spinal cord injury. I had a compression fracture in the C-5, C-6 area...

Harold Poxleitner, 67 years, Spinal Cord Injury

Before my accident, I was employed as a logger. In 1968, my logging career was ended by a falling tree that damaged my spinal cord. After my accident, I owned and operated a chainsaw shop for 17 years. I am now retired...

Codi Cullwell, 26 years, Paraplegic

In 1994 my mother and I had an accident in my mother's car. When I regained consciousness in hospital I was told that two cervical vertebrae, namely C5 and C6, were broken and that I had also suffered a spinal cord injury. The vertebrae were fixed with a neck brace for four months and the doctors tried to help me retain my body functions with physiotherapy. I was 14 years old and paraplegic...

Richard Welsh, 27 years, Paralysed

It happened in the winter of 1999. I drove my friend's car. We were going out for something to eat. Driving along a motorway we hit some ice and I lost control. After sliding 500 feet we flipped over into a ditch. Neither of us was wearing a seat belt. I ended up lying across my friend's lap unable to move. At the hospital I was diagnosed with a fracture of the C5 vertebra and a badly injured vertebral canal. The doctors told me "You will never be able to walk again."..

Klaas Bartelds, 28 years, Paraplegic

It happened on a wonderful day in June 2002. A friend and I were having a great time water-skiing. One more trip and then we wanted to call it a day. I tried to get close to the shore because if I jumped off somewhere close to the beach I would not need to swim so far. But suddenly there was a huge bump, something hit me and I flew through the air. Head first I fell to the ground with a thud. The impact was so hard that I was flung back into the water. All this happened while I was totally conscious. I sensed that I could not move any more and I instantly knew I had fractured my vertebrae...

Ian McKenzie Young, 65 years, Paraplegic

During a stormy day in April 2004 I was riding a huge racehorse with other horses behind me. Suddenly my horse went violently to the left and started bucking. What you do in such a situation is pull the reins to bring the horse's head down which I did but one of the reins broke and I had no control. In the blink of an eye I was thrown from the horse and landed on my head...

Ante Protrka, 55 years, Spinal Cord Injury

In August 2004, I had a terrible accident, I fell down from my house roof (approx. height 8 meters). That resulted with a diagnosis of Tetraplegia C3,ASIA A. Since then, I've been paralyzed from my neck down. I can`t move my arms or my legs. I am completely dependent on the help of others but luckily, I have a wonderful wife and two daughters who do their best every day to provide me everything I need....

Anna Gundarova, 10 years, Spina Bifida

Anna was born ten years ago with severe spinal cord injuries: pre-natal fusion of nerve endings, a myelocele with all inevitable consequences. During the operation, which had been performed on the second day after her birth, a surgeon's scalpel did its job and released nerve endings, but the way the signal goes from the brain to the spinal cord and then to the feet was damaged. As a result of all this, Anna could not walk without somebody's assistance, and could not control the function of small pelvic organs...

Fabrizio Corbelli, 23 years, Spinal Amyotrophy (benign)

My name is Fabrizio Corbelli. I am 23 years and I was born on September 14,1987 in Cattolica, Rimini, Italy. At the age of 2 years, I was diagnosed with Benign Spinal Amyotrophy. Although my life has not been easy at all, I have never given up. After stem cell therapy in February 2009, my muscle mass increased, I gained weight and my fitness improved until I could tolerate an upright posture...

Anneke van Iwaarden, 42 years, Severely Handicapped

Cramps paralysed her. The possibility of any improvement were said to be extremely low. Anneke could not roll over, she could not crawl and she could not walk. Her motor functions were very poor and there was almost no positive sign of development. Anneke never learned to walk but she could at least sit in her wheelchair. Even though she could not keep her body upright...

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