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 May 2001 and has been pacing 24/7 ever since.
She graduated in May 2014 from New York Institute of Technology having received a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising. Nicole has worked for the Suffolk County Legislature as a Social Media intern as well as for Cohen Children’s Medical Center through the NYIT Carleton Group. Nicole started working for Avery Biomedical Devices (ABD), manufacturer of the Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker System, as their Communications Coordinator in November 2015.
One of Nicole’s many dreams was to move to California. In December of 2018, that dream became a reality when she moved from New York to California. She is currently living on her own and continues to work with Avery remotely. In her spare time, she still loves going to concerts, shopping, and enjoying her independent life exploring California.
Nicole says “I would never be able to do this if it wasn’t for my pacer! It has given me the confidence, motivation, and independence to achieve my biggest goals.”
The Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker is an implanted phrenic nerve or diaphragm stimulator. It consists of surgically implanted electrodes and receivers with an external transmitter and antennas. The Avery pacer is the only diaphragm pacing system to have full premarket approval (PMA) from the US FDA and CE Marking privileges under the European Active Implantable Medical Device Directive for adult and pediatric use. To learn more about the benefits of the Avery pacers, please contact us by mail, phone, or through our website.