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 without a ventilator.
“Pedro had a sequela in the respiratory center. This is very rare, and implantation of the diaphragm pacing system would be the only way he gets out of mechanical ventilation and has a better quality of life” explains Dr. Rodrigo Sardenberg, the implanting surgeon.
An article on Pedro can be found on the O Estado de São Paulo website.
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.