Client Profile

Chuck

Chuck became a C2-C3 quadriplegic in a shooting accident in 1981. He was just 15 years old. Chuck spent the next year of his life at Yale New Haven Hospital under the care of Dr. William Glenn. When Chuck finally returned home on April 1, 1982, he was pacing 24 hours a day, 7 days... Read More

Andrea

Andrea became a C1-C2 quadriplegic following an automobile accident in September 1990. Soon after, she was transferred to the care of Dr. Edward Carter at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston, Texas. She was implanted with her diaphragm pacing system by Dr. Laurens Pickard at TIRR in April 1991, and has been pacing... Read More

Abdou

Abdou was just 15 years old when became quadriplegic in July 2006. After spending months in an intensive care unit, he was implanted with a diaphragm pacing system by Dr. Ignacio González, a visiting neurosurgeon from Colombia. Less than ten months after his accident, Abdou was pacing 24 hours per day. His caregivers report, “He... Read More

Nicolas

Nicolas was born June 1993 and became a C1-C4 quadriplegic following a horrific traffic accident when he was just 20 days old. Nicolas was soon transferred to the care of the University of Padua. There, at the age of nine months, he became one of the youngest patients ever implanted with a diaphragm pacing system.... Read More

Pedro Arthur

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... Read More

Michael

In 2005, Michael began to exhibit difficulty breathing. After an extensive workup and an unsuccessful trial with C-Pap, he was provided with a chest cuirass. About one week later, he suffered a stroke to the brain stem which paralyzed his diaphragms. Mike was left no other option than a tracheotomy and a mechanical ventilator.... Read More

Keith

In 1996, Keith, an 18-year old diving and gymnastic enthusiast, suffered an accident on a trampoline which rendered him quadriplegic and ventilator dependent. Preoperative EMGs indicated that his phrenic nerve function was lost, although these tests have a high degree of false negative readings. Direct stimulation performed intraoperatively confirmed the absence of phrenic nerve conduction,... Read More

Brodie

In 1980, at the age of 19, a trampoline accident at college rendered Brodie a C2-C3 quadriplegic. Approximately, four months later, he was implanted with the Avery Diaphragm Pacing System system (Avery pacers); and in 1983, Brodie had his tracheostomy closed. He then returned to college completing his master’s degree in Education. According to... Read More

Caroline

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... Read More