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December 21, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Julia Tavalaro, who became the subject of magazine and newspaper stories and a book after she spent six years so paralyzed that people thought she was not cognizant, died Friday. She was 68. During the six years, she was unable to let anyone know she was aware. Her senses were intact. She could understand, remember and think. She felt sadness, happiness and anger. But she was helpless. She could move her head and eyes, but the movements were hardly noticeable. And she could not speak.
October 1, 2003 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
USC has received a $17-million federal grant for a new research center to develop high-tech medical implants to treat such ailments as blindness, paralysis and memory loss. The National Science Foundation grant, which will be announced by USC officials today, is intended to spur collaboration among the university, government and industry.
August 12, 2003 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Twenty-five years after the most catastrophic collision in NFL history -- a fierce tackle that forever changed the lives of the two men involved -- neither Darryl Stingley nor Jack Tatum can walk. Stingley never will. The former New England Patriot receiver was paralyzed from the neck down in an exhibition game Aug. 12, 1978, after absorbing a hit by Tatum, the feared Oakland Raider safety whose autobiography is titled, "They Call Me Assassin."
March 14, 2003 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Actor Christopher Reeve has undergone an experimental surgery that doctors believe will enable him to breathe without a respirator for the first time since he broke his neck in a 1995 horseback-riding accident. Physicians at University Hospitals of Cleveland used minimally invasive surgery to implant tiny electrodes that control his breathing by stimulating the muscles of his diaphragm with a pacemaker-like device.
As the infections and death toll attributed to West Nile virus rise by the day, federal health officials said Thursday they are reasonably certain that the virus can be spread through blood transfusions. They also warned that West Nile patients can develop a polio-like paralysis that is easily misdiagnosed and improperly treated. The new information has created urgency within the public health community to address a disease that didn't even appear in the United States until 1999.
December 9, 2001 | Associated Press
Swiss skier Silvano Beltrametti was paralyzed below the waist after a high-speed crash Saturday on an icy course at Val D'Isere, France, in the opening downhill of the World Cup season. Beltrametti, 22, was flown to a hospital in Grenoble and was in stable condition. He had a fractured spine and bleeding in his lungs, an official of the Swiss team said. Beltrametti finished third in a super-giant slalom race Friday at Val D'Isere.
October 29, 2001
Michigan researchers have found the gene for a rare leg-weakening nerve disease, called hereditary spastic paraplegia, that slowly robs children of their ability to walk. As many as 20,000 Americans may suffer from the disease. The discovery should aid in diagnosis and possibly in the development of new treatments. There is no therapy now.
September 7, 2001 | SHAV GLICK
Speed is an addiction, and Wayne Rainey is an addict. It doesn't matter that he is paralyzed from the chest down from a motorcycle racing accident in 1993 at Italy's Misano circuit. Rainey, a three-time world Grand Prix road racing champion, was on his way to a fourth title when his bike careened out of control at 130 mph, sending him cartwheeling through the dirt and severing his spinal cord.
November 29, 2000 | JIM MANN, Jim Mann's column appears in this space every Wednesday
One of the assumptions underlying the election deadlock of the last three weeks is that there are no serious consequences for American foreign policy. This isn't like the Kennedy-Nixon election in 1960, so the thinking goes. Back then, America was in the midst of the Cold War and couldn't afford weeks of uncertainty about its future leadership.
Well-wishers flooded Cal State Fullerton with phone calls and e-mails Monday offering financial assistance to a promising basketball player who was gunned down and left paralyzed after being mistaken for a gang member. Rodney Anderson, 19, was visiting his family in Los Angeles when a gang member opened fire, striking him three times. A story in Sunday's Los Angeles Times recounted Anderson's struggle to recover and his determination to walk again one day.
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