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.

Spinal Cord Injury and Breathing

2019-09-30T17:19:23+00:00

There are an estimated 288,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in the United States alone, with an estimated 17,700 new cases each year. In many of these cases, breathing assistance is required. There are multiple options available, though many people, including physicians, are not always aware of the options that are available. For quadriplegic [...]

Spinal Cord Injury and Breathing2019-09-30T17:19:23+00:00

Ryo

2020-11-24T22:45:47+00:00

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 [...]

Ryo2020-11-24T22:45:47+00:00

Pedro Arthur

2017-03-23T15:10:15+00:00

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 [...]

Pedro Arthur2017-03-23T15:10:15+00:00

Keith

2020-11-24T23:02:31+00:00

In 1996, Keith, an 18-year old diving and gymnastic enthusiast, suffered an accident on a trampoline which rendered him quadriplegic and ventilator dependent. He had a bilateral intercoastal nerve graft and implanted with the Avery diaphragm pacing system. After the regeneration of the nerve, which took approximately 7 months, Keith began pacing in 1997. Today, [...]

Keith2020-11-24T23:02:31+00:00

Caroline

2020-11-24T23:25:17+00:00

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 home [...]

Caroline2020-11-24T23:25:17+00:00