Tina: From deep coma, learning to move again!

Tina7.jpgTina was born August 29, 1964, and suffered severe brain injuries on Aug 29, 1980, her sixteenth birthday.  She was in a deep coma for more than one year.

 

These first pictures were taken in December, 1984, at age 20 years and 4 months.

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The only active range of motion she had, was a few degrees of hip flexion.  This was just enough to raise her right knee off the floor so that someone else could move her leg ahead when she “knee-walked”.

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The exerciser shown here was a very early design, and was improved, as shown in these photos taken in January 1985.

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#1 Her mother puts Tina in the Upper Body Support with the Pelvic Support attached, while Tina is on her bed.

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#2  The volunteer exercise assistant in the background helped to transfer her to the wheelchair.

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#3 Tina tried using a neck traction harness to hold up her head but she was safer without it. Her mother can use the pulleys to lift her easily.

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Tina doing her forward crawl using a small-wheeled stool.

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Tilt table for further exercises.

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Pulley

In this case, the Therapeutic Exerciser is suspended from roller skate track on the ceiling, to allow movement along the track during some of the exercises.

 

 

 

 

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