When 19-year-old Jack Vawdrey dived into a friend’s pool and hit the bottom, his life changed forever. The talented young footballer woke in hospital a quadriplegic. But instead of a life of near-immobility, it turned out he was the ideal candidate for groundbreaking surgery that creates new nerve circuit.SEE THE REPORT HERE
Meet Jack, who, thanks to Revolutionary Surgery, is regaining his independence one nerve at a time. By 7.30’s Rachael Brown, Photography by Margaret Burin.DOWNLOAD THE FULL ARTICLE
Restoration of elbow extension, grasp, key pinch, and release are major goals in low-level tetraplegia. Traditionally, these functions are achieved using tendon transfers. In this case these goals were achieved using nerve transfers. We present a 21-year-old man with a C6 level of tetraplegia.DOWNLOAD THE FULL ARTICLE
A hasty beach dive on Australia Day last year left Jim Anderson a quadriplegic.
“I didn’t do a very good shallow dive. Went in too straight and just hit the bottom,” the 23-year-old Victorian explains. “It wasn’t really painful. I just couldn’t feel anything.” The spinal cord injury that paralysed his limbs left him with no hand function and limited elbow movement. But during rehabilitation, he was offered groundbreaking surgery.
The loss of hand function is one of the most devastating consequences of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) because of its severe impact on the everyday activities of daily living. Melbourne University Researcher Professor Mary Galea and Ms Natasha van Zyl, one of three specialist surgeons in the Upper Limb Program at Austin Health are carrying out pioneering research in support of nerve transfer surgery for SCI patients in Victoria.READ THE FULL STORY
The bravery of a young man and a team of Austin Health surgeons has put life back into the hands of quadriplegics. Two years ago, a world-first surgery was performed on a 21-year-old man who had shattered one of his cervical vertebrae in his neck (called C6) after diving into the surf at Victoria’s Ninety Mile Beach on Australia Day 2012.
Most of us don’t think twice before picking up a pen, or the phone, or reaching for a fork, but loss of hand function is one of more devastating consequences of spinal cord injury.In the past, surgeons have experimented with tendon transfers, but a Melbourne team says nerve transfers offer more options and promise better results.