Pediatric Quadriplegia

Quadriplegia, also known as tetrapalegia, is the loss of voluntary movement and sensation in all four extremities, and usually results from a cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). Other conditions, such as a brain stem lesion or spinal meningitis, may also result in quadriplegia. After the patient is neurologically and orthopedically stable and cannot be weaned from mechanical ventilation, a diaphragm pacing system should be considered.

Ryo

In 1999, Ryo became a quadriplegic because of a traffic accident with his motorbike. He remained in the hospital for 15 months tethered to a mechanical ventilator. After 15 months in the hospital tethered to a mechanical ventilator, Ryo was implanted with the Avery Diaphragm Pacing System at Fujita Health University. Five short months... Read More

Abdou

Abdou was just 15 years old when became quadriplegic in July 2006. After spending months in an intensive care unit, he was implanted with a diaphragm pacing system by Dr. Ignacio González, a visiting neurosurgeon from Colombia. Less than ten months after his accident, Abdou was pacing 24 hours per day. His caregivers report, “He... Read More

Nicolas

Nicolas was born June 1993 and became a C1-C4 quadriplegic following a horrific traffic accident when he was just 20 days old. Nicolas was soon transferred to the care of the University of Padua. There, at the age of nine months, he became one of the youngest patients ever implanted with a diaphragm pacing system.... Read More

Pedro Arthur

On January 9, 2012, Pedro became the first pediatric patient implanted with a diaphragm pacing system in Brazil. In 2006, Pedro became quadriplegic following a seizure which was determined to have been caused by undiagnosed bacterial meningitis. For the first time since he became quadriplegic, Pedro has felt his diaphragm contract, allowing him to breathe... Read More

Keith

In 1996, Keith, an 18-year old diving and gymnastic enthusiast, suffered an accident on a trampoline which rendered him quadriplegic and ventilator dependent. Preoperative EMGs indicated that his phrenic nerve function was lost, although these tests have a high degree of false negative readings. Direct stimulation performed intraoperatively confirmed the absence of phrenic nerve conduction,... Read More

Caroline

Caroline was just ten months old in February 2003 when she became a C1-C2 quadriplegic as a result of an automobile accident. Like many quadriplegics, Caroline endured repeated hospitalizations for recurrent pneumonia. Caroline was implanted with her diaphragm pacing system in August 2007 by Dr. Robert Cilley at the Hershey Medical Center near her... Read More