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.”