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In 2005, Michael began to exhibit difficulty breathing. After an extensive workup and an unsuccessful trial with C-Pap, he was provided with a chest cuirass. About one week later, he suffered a stroke to the brain stem which paralyzed his diaphragms. Mike was left no other option than a tracheotomy and a mechanical ventilator. Michael... Read More

Shannon & Lauren

Shannon and Lauren were born in April 1987, and are one of only two known sets of identical twins born with congenital central hypoventilation syndrome. Although switching to bi-pap ventilation enabled their tracheostomies to be closed, their activities were still limited by the large duffel bags of equipment they need to carry with them. In... Read More


Sogi was born in August 1993 and soon after was diagnosed with Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome, which was managed via mechanical ventilation. In the summer of 2005, Sogi and his family traveled to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles to be implanted with a diaphragm pacing system. His pulmonologist and a surgeon traveled with him... Read More


In 1998, Jamie was a professional cricket player with the Yorkshire County Cricket Club. While attending a tournament in Cape Town, South Africa, he was involved in automobile accident which left him a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic. Upon his return to the U.K., Jamie was cared for at the Yorkshire Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Pinderfields Hospital.... Read More


Giuseppe was the commander of the police department in Felino, Italy when he became a high quadriplegic in a traffic accident in February 1999. He remained in a coma for 40 days, and it took several more weeks for him to become fully cognizant of his accident. Giuseppe developed a passion for all things technological... Read More


At the age of 17, Debbie became a C1-C2 quadriplegic as a result of a diving accident. In 1973, after living for over a year in an intensive care unit tethered to a mechanical ventilator, she became one of the first patients ever to be implanted with a diaphragm pacing system. Through use of her... Read More


Ed was injured in a motorcycle accident in June 2008. Although initially off mechanical ventilation, Ed had a number of setbacks including pneumonia and a blood infection. He was finally discharged home in August 2009, but he required 24/7 ventilatory support. After exploring his options with a number of surgeons, Ed decided to have an... Read More


Chuck became a C2-C3 quadriplegic in a shooting accident in 1981. He was just 15 years old. Chuck spent the next year of his life at Yale New Haven Hospital under the care of Dr. William Glenn. When Chuck finally returned home on April 1, 1982, he was pacing 24 hours a day, 7 days... Read More


Andrea became a C1-C2 quadriplegic following an automobile accident in September 1990. Soon after, she was transferred to the care of Dr. Edward Carter at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston, Texas. She was implanted with her diaphragm pacing system by Dr. Laurens Pickard at TIRR in April 1991, and has been pacing... Read More


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