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.
At age 4, Nicole was in a motor vehicle accident. As a result, she became a C3/C4 level quadriplegic. She was vent dependent for 7years and at age 11 wound up in the hospital with pneumonia. This is when her and her family first learned of the Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker. She was then implanted in [...]