Spinal Defects News
Paralyzed Woman Loses 40 Pounds, Gains Confidence
For Lauren LaPorta it was tough to lose weight . The 28-year-old high school guidance counselor spends most of her days in a wheelchair after a diving accident in 2000 left her with a severe spinal cord injury and an initial diagnosis as quadriplegic. On that day 17 years ago, LaPorta had just come
‘Secret Sleigh’ Brings Santa to Homebound Kids
Lily Portillo, 13, has acute special needs , chronic illness and needs machines to help her breathe. When her mom, Sarah, was thinking last year about how to get Lily out of the house to see Santa, she came up with an idea. “In a flash, I had this image of Santa coming to our home to visit her,”
Stem Cell Researchers Anxious About Trump Presidency
As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, scientists are anxiously waiting to see if his policies will affect ongoing scientific research that utilizes embryonic stem cells or fetal tissue. Both embryonic stem cell research and fetal tissue research have faced either backlash or
Ryan Scott Miller Is Known for Creating Special Halloween Costumes for His Son
All of the costumes are designed around his son's wheelchair, and this year was no exception.
Kellyanne Conway Says FBI Review Plays Into Voters' 'Reluctance' About Clinton
Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway reacts to a hectic week in politics nearly a week before the elections.
Boy With ‘Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1 Car Halloween Costume Visits Original Ecto-1
A California boy whose Halloween costume of the Ecto-1 car in the original “Ghostbusters” movies went viral got the chance to see the original Ecto-1 car in person. Jeremy Miller, 8, of Murrieta, California, and his family visited Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles Tuesday as guests of Ghost
8-Year-Old With Spina Bifida Turns Wheelchair Into 'Ghostbusters' Ecto-1 Car for Halloween
An 8-year-old boy from California transformed his wheelchair into a show-stopping, “Ghostbusters”-themed Halloween costume. Jeremy Miller, of Murrieta, California, has been in a wheelchair since he was 3 due to spina bifida . This year, he turned his wheelchair into a replica of the Ecto-1 car from
Teen in Wheelchair Stands for American Flag
Arek Trenholm was born with a condition called spina bifida , which impairs the development of the spinal cord. The 16-year-old has been wheelchair-bound for 10 years now. But at the sight of the red, white and blue, he hoisted himself up to pay homage. The teen and his family were outside his
Middle School Football Team Helps Classmate With Spina Bifida Fulfill Dream of Scoring a Touchdown
An Arkansas middle school football team recently helped a 10-year-old classmate in a wheelchair fulfill his dream of scoring a touchdown. Fifth-grader Gabe Mangus from Southside Middle School in Batesville was born with spina bifida , a condition that has prevented him from being able to walk,
Boy in Wheelchair Scores Touchdown
Born with spina bifida, fifth grader Gabe Mangus became a teammate when his school's football team pushed him onto the field and into the end zone.