Client Profile

Cash

A few weeks after Cash was born in January 2008, he was diagnosed with a breathing condition known as congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS), forcing doctors to perform a tracheotomy and leaving him ventilator dependent. A tracheotomy is a surgical procedure that opens a direct airway to the trachea to facilitate breathing. The resulting... Read More

Breathing with Quadriplegia

For most people, breathing is a natural action. We do not think about it, yet is vital to our existence. But for those living with quadriplegia, the muscles required for breathing are paralyzed, rendering them unable to breathe on their own without mechanical assistance. Quadriplegia (or tetraplegia) is the paralysis of all four limbs... Read More

Nicole

At the age of 4, tragedy struck Nicole: a motor vehicle accident left her with a stretched spine as a result of whiplash, rendering her quadriplegic and confining her to a motorized wheelchair. Despite her disability, Nicole has remained very active. Now a 21 year-old undergraduate at the New York Institute of Technology studying advertising,... Read More

Emily – Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS) Testimonial

Emily, a sixteen-year-old student who recently completed her GCSE’s and is beginning college in England, has been using the Avery Diaphragm Pacing System since she was three years old. She was born with Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS), a disorder that affects breathing, causing shallow breaths (hypoventilation), especially during sleep. Those with this condition... Read More

Ventilators for Quadriplegia – There Is a Better Option

Quadriplegia is the inability to move or feel both arms and both legs because of an injury or illness. The levels of quadriplegia (C1-C8) directly correlate to a patient’s abilities and needs. (See also: Quadriplegia) Methods of Ventilation There are alternatives to ventilators for quadriplegics: Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV) Any of numerous... Read More