For anyone who has suffered a spinal cord injury or paralysis, help often seems almost impossible. However, even a spinal cord injury attorney would be shocked to learn about a new treatment that one former athlete has received that has already helped him immeasurably.
Many Tampa residents will be interested to learn about a young former athlete who had suffered from paralysis due to spinal cord injury and is now able to breathe normally again. The device that helped him was first tested by the late Christopher Reeve and is called a Diaphragm Pacing System, or DPS for short. It fires and allows the patient to breathe normally. It apparently is akin to a pacemaker and gives the user much more freedom. The teenager had his nerves damaged due to a rugby accident and the DPS was implanted to assist him. He is now going to be heading back to his home in June, for the first time since January when the accident occurred.