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.
Caroline as a child Caroline was just ten months old in February of 2003 when she became a C1-C2 quadriplegic as a result of an automobile accident. After this event, Caroline endured repeated hospitalizations for recurrent pneumonia, like many other quadriplegics. Caroline was implanted with her Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker in August 2007 [...]