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.

Caroline’s Senior Year of High School

2020-12-16T14:20:58+00:00

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 [...]

Caroline’s Senior Year of High School2020-12-16T14:20:58+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

2020-12-07T19:21:20+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 Arthur2020-12-07T19:21:20+00:00

Keith

2020-12-15T18:13:40+00:00

Keith loving life with his Avery Pacemaker 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 intercostal nerve graft and was implanted with the Avery Diaphragm Pacing System. In 1997, after approximately seven months of nerve [...]

Keith2020-12-15T18:13:40+00:00