Before he was even born, Evander Conroy had a fight on his hands.
Evander, four-year-old developed a malignant tumor in his chest cavity while in the womb. The tumor damaged his spine, leaving him, from birth, unable to walk
They are devastating injuries. A fall, a sports accident and suddenly, your spinal cord is damaged. It happens 300,000 times a year in this country.
Some people give up, but many are fighting back.
After a car wreck, Kendell Hall heard from her doctors that she would never walk again. They didn’t know Kendall very well. Kendall lives independently, even owns and operates REACT Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center. That’s a restorative and non-profit gym for people living with spinal cord injuries.
Tough Mudder, which some say is ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’, is a gruelling 12 mile assault course
A student has become the world’s first tetraplegic to take part in Tough Mudder – navigating the gruelling 12-mile course in a pioneering wheelchair he controls with his chin.
The words “stem cell research and therapy” evoke a number of responses. In emotionally vulnerable patients, a sense of hope.
In scientists, a great deal of excitement about future prospects. In the case of legal experts and ethicists, a need to ensure that patient safety and a spirit of distributive justice are maintained. And in the minds of entrepreneurs, an opportunity to develop a profitable business.
Stem cells are the building blocks of our bodies.
In the age of social media, patients who test experimental treatments wield surprising clout.
The tweets and the selfies, the uploaded video clips, felt like a natural way for Jesi Stracham to record her halting progress as she fought to recover from a motorcycle accident that had left her paralyzed from the chest down.
She had no idea, as she tapped away at her iPhone from her hospital bed, what her bubbly posts would unleash.