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 is very comfortable and sure of himself.” They are very happy that they move him in his wheelchair “anywhere he wants.”
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.