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.

Young Woman is ‘stronger than ever’ with Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker

2021-01-06T15:24:50+00:00

Niki, representing her foundation In 2016, Niki, a 21 year old Hungarian woman, became a quadriplegic patient after a serious motorbike accident.  CT and MRI imaging confirmed the fracture of the C-2 vertebra with the compression of the spinal cord. After stabilization of the cervical vertebra, a tracheotomy was performed. 10 months later, [...]

Young Woman is ‘stronger than ever’ with Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker2021-01-06T15:24:50+00:00

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

UPDATE: Loving Life in California with the Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker

2021-02-23T16:53:13+00:00

Nicole loving life in California! 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 7 years, and at age 11 wound up in the hospital with pneumonia.  This is when her and her family first learned of the [...]

UPDATE: Loving Life in California with the Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker2021-02-23T16:53:13+00:00

Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker Gives Woman Gift of Mobility

2020-12-08T14:20:15+00:00

Perihan fell down a mobile staircase sustaining a spinal cord injury at the neck level. Perihan’s neurosurgeon, Professor Sedat Cagli, at Ege University Hospital, Izmir Turkey told her about the Avery Diaphragm Pacer and in February 2012 she was implanted. Thirty days later, she began using the pacer and now paces 12 hours a day. [...]

Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker Gives Woman Gift of Mobility2020-12-08T14:20:15+00:00

Quadriplegic Pacing 24 /7 after 16 Years on a Mechanical Ventilator

2020-12-07T19:05:13+00:00

In 1994, Khaldoon, a 17-year old honors student and swimming champion from Syria, suffered a spinal cord injury in a diving accident leaving him a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic (tetraplegic). Sixteen years later, he was implanted with the Avery Breathing Pacemaker and was pacing 24/7 less than one year post surgery. In 2015, after four years of [...]

Quadriplegic Pacing 24 /7 after 16 Years on a Mechanical Ventilator2020-12-07T19:05:13+00:00

Pacing Since ’94, Willie Proclaims “You Rock, Avery!”

2020-12-15T18:40:07+00:00

Willie loving life with the Avery Pacemaker In November 1993, Willie was paralyzed after diving into the pool at his high school. Thanks to his quick-thinking friends, he was airlifted to Johannesburg General Hospital in South Africa. In July 1994, Willie was implanted with the Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker. Willie first heard of [...]

Pacing Since ’94, Willie Proclaims “You Rock, Avery!”2020-12-15T18:40:07+00:00

Dalen

2020-12-15T18:09:09+00:00

Dalen enjoying life with the Avery Pacemaker In 2002, at the age of 52, Dalen fell from a ladder and was rendered a C2 quadriplegic and ventilator dependent. In 2014, Dalen was implanted with the Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker to replace his mechanical ventilator.  He is now pacing 24/7 and is enjoying his [...]

Dalen2020-12-15T18:09:09+00:00

Brodie

2020-12-15T18:02:08+00:00

Brodie today using his Avery pacer In 1980, a trampoline accident at college rendered Brodie a C2-C3 quadriplegic at the age of 19.  Approximately four months later, he was implanted with the Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker system, and in 1983, Brodie had his tracheostomy closed. He then returned to college, completing his master’s [...]

Brodie2020-12-15T18:02:08+00:00

Freedom to Live Independently – Chuck’s Story

2020-12-22T16:20:22+00:00

In 1981, at the age of 15, Chuck became a quadriplegic as a result of shooting accident. The accident left him unable to breathe on his own.   About a year later, Chuck was implanted with the Avery Diaphragm Pacing System.  By the time he left the hospital, he was pacing 24 hours a day, [...]

Freedom to Live Independently – Chuck’s Story2020-12-22T16:20:22+00:00