On the morning of August 27, 2010, the Rev. John Murray tripped on a New Jersey boardwalk that he would often walk twice a day. As he fell, he hit his head on one of the boardwalk railings and broke his neck. In what he labels a "freak accident," this Roman Catholic priest became paralyzed from the chest down due to his spinal cord injury.
A New Jersey driver that was reportedly high on heroin has been blamed for a three vehicle crash. Though this driver received only minor injuries as a result of the motor vehicle accident, another woman involved in the collision suffered broken legs, broken arms, a broken hip and spinal cord injuries that eventually led to her death.
There is no question that spinal cord injuries will alter almost every aspect of an individual's life, but now it has been surmised that such injuries can place patients at high risk of cardiac disease as well. Cardiovascular disease appears to be the leading cause of illness and death for individuals with spinal injuries.
One of the unfortunate side effects that have come about due to the fungal meningitis outbreak has been patients suffering inflammation surrounding the lining of the spinal cord. These kinds of spinal cord injuries, of course, are just one of many types of physical syndromes suffered from the defective steroid medications administered.
There have been a number of positive results from a new type of therapy known as locomotor training. Locomotor training involves a series of exercises and sensors the repetitively sends sensory information to the legs and spine for individuals that have suffered spinal cord injuries.
A New Jersey woman has reached out to the family of a Tulane University football player who sustained spinal injuries on the field earlier this week. The woman said she was reminded of her own son, who received a similar injury on the football field just two years ago.
We've written in the past concerning swimming and swimming pool accidents. As if to emphasize the seriousness of such incidents, a 32-year old woman from Harrington Park suffered severe spinal cord injuries as the result of a diving accident in a swimming pool.
A former football player great, Eric LeGrand, who played at Rutgers, which is located in New Jersey, was paralyzed during a football game. LeGrand broke to vertebrae and suffered a severe spinal cord injury while returning a kickoff.
The numbers of aquatic and swimming-related accidents have doubled for one New Jersey hospital since last year at this time. Most significantly, spinal cord injuries have been the most common at most traumatic of the types of accidents typically seen by emergency room staffs. Though the range of injury has varied, unfortunately, many of the spinal cord injuries seen have involved paralysis.
It's almost impossible to understand how many adjustments a family needs to make when a spinal cord injury occurs to one of its members. Dealing with issues related to spinal cord injuries has become reality for one New Jersey family after a firefighter was paralyzed in a car accident this prior Christmas Eve.