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Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Patient Stories

TIRR Memorial Hermann is committed to bringing highly specialized spinal cord injury patient care to our facilities. Our physicians craft customized treatment plans for every patient based on their individual needs, maximizing the their state of health. Featured below are just some of our successful spinal cord injury recovery stories.

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Braxton Taylor: From Total Assist to Independence
Diagnosed in 2008, Taylor has had neurosurgery every year since then for treatment of the disorder and related conditions. In July 2013, he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in the left frontal lobe of the brain that left him with hemiplegia

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Wes Brown: Back on the Road Again
Wes Brown was hauling a load of saltwater from an oilfield in East Texas to a nearby disposal site when the tires on the rear axle of his 18-wheeler hit a pothole and bounced onto the shoulder of the road. As he tried to center his trailer, the steer tire on the passenger side hit another pothole, causing the saltwater to sway to the right side of the tank. The force of the motion caused the rig to roll over.

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Lexie Bold's: Don't Give Up
Transported by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center fighting for her life and then transferred to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Lexie re-learned how to do everything with help from TIRR Memorial Hermann.

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Jared Dunten: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
In April 2000, while on a camping trip in the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park, Jared Dunten dove into the Rio Grande with a bar of soap to clean himself up – and hit a sandbar.

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Saleh Alzahrani: Rehabilitation After Cancer
At the age of 12, Saleh underwent a successful surgery to remove a brain stem tumor and then returned to his daily life. At the age of 25, the cancer had returned and was located on the medulla - the lower part of the brain stem that connects with the spinal cord.

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Meena: Spinal Cord Injury and Pregnancy
Meena Dhanjal Outlaw was injured in early 2000, after she stepped onto the balcony of her new home and was locked out of her house. Concerned about the safety of her 3-week-old son, Miles, and 3-year-old daughter, Jasmine, she attempted to climb down from the balcony. She ended up falling and, as a result, shattered two vertebrae: T12 and L1.

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Angela Wrigglesworth: Spinal Muscular Atrophy
At 16 months of age, Angela Wrigglesworth was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, a progressive motor neuron disease that causes weakness in the arms, legs and torso. This prevented her from walking and she began using a wheelchair at the age of 5 years.

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Dan Hammers: Infertility in SCI
Infertility in SCI is a challenge. Because the male reproductive tract is at the end of the spine, virtually all lesions along the spine affect fertility. Learn how physicians at TIRR Memorial Hermann helped one patient overcome these obstacles and become a father.

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Profile in Caring: Emily Potter, OTR
In 2001, Potter had just begun work on a degree in education at The University of Texas at Austin when she sustained a T11 spinal cord injury (SCI) in an automobile accident, paralyzing her from the waist down.


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Kevin Everett is Standing Tall
NFL player Kevin Everett was paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a spinal cord injury on the field. Read about the aggressive rehabilitation he received at TIRR Memorial Hermann that returned him to walking.

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Jason Roy: From Zero to a Hundred
Police Officer Jason Roy was paralyzed from the neck down after a high speed chase flipped his squad car. In 2 and a half months, Jason walked out of TIRR Memorial Hermann.

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