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Victim's Blinks Led to Killer's Conviction

Maryland man was paralyzed by shooting

(Newser) - A Maryland jury has found a man guilty of murder after the paralyzed victim, who later died, identified the person who shot him by blinking. A Prince George's County jury found 25-year-old Jermaine Hailes guilty of first-degree murder Tuesday in the 2010 shooting of 29-year-old Melvin Pate, the AP...

Each Night, These Brothers Become Paralyzed

Fine during the day, they can't eat, talk, or even open their eyes at night

(Newser) - Two brothers have come to be known as the "solar kids," in a case that has completely mystified Pakistani doctors. Aged 9 and 13, the boys are normal active children during the day. But once the sun goes down, they both lapse into a vegetative state—unable to...

'Paralyzed Bride' Cut Ties With Friend Who Pushed Her in Pool

'She wasn't there for me'

(Newser) - Rachelle Chapman, the now-30-year-old paralyzed in 2010 when one of her best friends pushed her in the pool at her bachelorette party , is talking to People and Today in advance of a TLC documentary about her story—a documentary that reveals, among other things, that Chapman is no longer friends...

Brain Implant Lets Paralyzed Man Use His Hand Again

'This is taking one's thoughts and, within milliseconds, linking it to concrete movements'

(Newser) - A paralyzed 24-year-old man has regained some use of his right hand, controlling it with signals relayed from electronic sensors in his brain, the AP reports. Ian Burkhart of Dublin, Ohio, can grasp a bottle, pour its contents into a jar, pick up a stick and stir the liquid. He...

Girl, 5, Paralyzed After Doing Backbend

Eden Hoelscher's mother says 'extent of damage is unheard of'

(Newser) - A 5-year-old girl in California is undergoing extensive physical therapy a few months after doing a simple backbend in her living room left her paralyzed from the waist down. Eden Hoelscher's mom, Kylee Hoelscher, reports in a GoFundMe page set up to help with that therapy that her daughter...

Zika Virus Now Linked to Paralysis, Too

Cases of Guillain-Barré have spiked in countries hit with Zika

(Newser) - There's more bad news regarding the Zika virus wreaking havoc in South America and the Caribbean: The mosquito-borne virus—which can cause birth defects and has been linked to 46 infant deaths—may also cause Guillain-Barré syndrome, a potentially life-threatening condition that can cause weeks-long paralysis, reports the New ...

How a Medical Team Reattached a Toddler's Skull

The 16-month-old is in a halo brace after a car accident, but walking

(Newser) - In mid-September, Rylea Taylor and her two children survived a 70mph head-on collision in Australia. But when Rylea pulled 16-month-old Jaxon out of the wreckage, she didn't need to be an expert to see her son's neck was broken. Indeed, his top two vertebrae were fractured, and both...

&#39;Paralyzed Bride&#39; Is Now a Mom
 'Paralyzed Bride' Is Now a Mom 

'Paralyzed Bride' Is Now a Mom

Rachelle Friedman Chapman, husband welcome a daughter via surrogate

(Newser) - Rachelle Friedman Chapman was paralyzed in a bachelorette prank gone wrong; she went on to get married anyway and write a book. Now, as People reports, she's a new mom, courtesy of a college friend who volunteered to be her surrogate . Friedman Chapman and her husband, Chris Chapman, welcomed...

Girl Once Paralyzed Stands, Brings Nurse to Tears

Bailey Murrill suffered mystery paralysis for 11 days

(Newser) - The Internet is feeling rather appreciative of nurses after an emotional video was posted online. It begins as Bailey Murrill speeds down a hospital hallway in a wheelchair, 11 days after she suffered complete paralysis from the waist down, the Independent reports. Doctors weren't sure what caused the sudden...

New Strain of Virus Linked to Polio-Like Symptoms

Researchers say strong evidence links enterovirus to paralysis outbreak

(Newser) - A terrifying outbreak of a polio-like illness appears to be caused by a new strain of a common virus, according to what researchers say is the strongest evidence yet linking enterovirus-68 to the cases of child paralysis. The outbreak of limb paralysis has hit 115 children in 34 states since...

Stephen Hawking's Computer Gets 1st Upgrade in 20 Years

World-famous physicist had 'embarrassing' software

(Newser) - Think Stephen Hawking has killer computer software to help him communicate from his wheelchair? Apparently not—he couldn't even add attachments to emails. So the brainy folks at Intel and SwiftKey have upgraded his system for the first time in 20 years, Fast Company reports. "It wasn't...

Paralyzed Man Walks Again, Thanks to His Nose

Researchers install 'nerve bridge' from transplanted olfactory cells

(Newser) - After a knife attack, a man was left paralyzed—but thanks to his own nose, he can walk again, with the help of a walker. Darek Fidyka, now 40, had cells from his nose transplanted into his spinal cord, Reuters reports. Doctors working in Poland used nose cells known as...

How a Paralyzed Groom Walked Down the Aisle

Matt Ficarra relied on a bionic exoskeleton

(Newser) - There weren't many dry eyes when Matt Ficarra walked down the aisle with his new wife, Jordan Basile—and not just because the occasion was his wedding. The Syracuse, NY, man has been paralyzed from his chest down since he broke his neck in a boating accident in 2011....

CDC Looks for Link Between Virus, Poliolike Symptoms

Girl who died in Rhode Island had enterovirus, though connection is unclear

(Newser) - A virus called enterovirus-68, or EV-68, continues to hospitalize kids around the country in unusually high numbers with respiratory trouble, and federal health authorities are trying to figure out whether there's a connection between the virus and cases of kids with paralysis or limb frailty, reports the New York ...

Forget Enterovirus: RSV Kills Kids

Texas physician says EV-68 isn't much different than other respiratory illnesses

(Newser) - Enterovirus-68—a respiratory illness for which there's no specific treatment, according to the CDC —has sent hundreds of people (mostly kids) to the hospital nationwide: By last count, there were 443 cases reported in 40 states, NBC News notes. But one doctor says that the illness may be...

Saints Sign Paralyzed Player
 Saints Sign Paralyzed Player 

Saints Sign Paralyzed Player

Inspirational Devon Walker says it's like a dream come true

(Newser) - Devon Walker had a pretty big day yesterday, graduating Tulane University within hours of landing an NFL contract with the New Orleans Saints. Adding to Walker's feat: He's wheelchair bound and uses a ventilator, after having been paralyzed from the neck down in a 2012 on-field collision. That...

New Tool to Fight Paralysis: Spinal Zaps
 New Tool to 
 Fight Paralysis: 
 Spinal Zaps 
Study Says

New Tool to Fight Paralysis: Spinal Zaps

Study shows patients regaining some movement

(Newser) - New hope is emerging for those left paralyzed by spinal-cord injuries. Electrical zaps to the spinal cord offered several patients the ability to move their legs again, researchers find. Two of four male patients studied since 2009 were living with complete motor and sensory paralysis—no movement or feeling in...

Doctors Stumped by Mystery Paralysis Disease

They're not even positive how to describe it

(Newser) - Doctors are hitting brick walls in their search for the cause of the polio-like condition that's partially paralyzed at least two dozen California children, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Doctors assume a virus is at work, but almost all of the patients they're examining weren't tested for...

One Monkey Controls Another, Avatar-Style

Brain, spine implants link animals' movements

(Newser) - In the movie Avatar, a paralyzed soldier uses a computer to control a body remotely. In a new study, scientists have moved a little closer to making that story a reality, LiveScience reports. US researchers installed electrodes into a "master" monkey's brain and an "avatar" monkey's...

Hunter Chooses to Die Day After Accident
 Man Chooses to Die 
 Day After Accident 

Man Chooses to Die Day After Accident

Tim Bowers was paralyzed from shoulders down while deer hunting

(Newser) - An Indiana man who loved the outdoors chose not to continue life support after learning that he would never walk again and might be on a ventilator for the rest of his life. Tim Bowers, 32, was left paralyzed from the shoulders down after falling 16 feet from a tree...

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