American C6 SCI Patient is Filled With Optimism Before his Epidural Stimulation Surgery

Andrew Valadka, 20, being an active high-schooler back home in Chicago, USA, used to devote a great deal of his time on sports and exercises. He spent hours everyday at the gym working out. One fine day, while playing American Football, a tragic accident dramatically changed his life- he broke his neck and was left with a C6 Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Now, wheelchair bound, Andrew is filled with determination and hopes to walk again.

A Spinal Cord Injury disrupts the flow of signals between the brain and the body. The vertebrae are divided into four separate parts, the cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, and the sacral, starting from the base of the neck down to the lower back, accordingly. Each vertebrae section is linked to various parts of the nervous system in the body, thus, causing different dysfunction in different areas, once injured.

The C6 Spinal Cord is located near the lowest level of the cervical spine, and if injured, may result in the paralysis of the hands, trunk, and legs. The injury may also cause muscle atrophy and decreased control of the bowel and bladder, where patients would require assistive equipment to move in and out of the wheelchair and bed. Some injuries at this region of the Spinal Cord could lead to either incomplete or a complete quadriplegia.

Nevertheless, despite the unfortunate situation he is in, Andrew is filled with encouragement, hope, and optimism. In search for Alternative Treatment, he found Unique Access Medical’s Epidural Stimulation Now on the Internet where he watched videos of the various Patient Testimonials of those with similar conditions as him, which he said played a big role in helping him with the decision making. Aside from the positive impression he had on all of the patients experiencing improvements one way or another, he and his mother were particularly inspired by the story of Andrew Bell, whose immense recovery brings hope to all. Andrew Valadka reached out to Andrew Bell seeking advice about the treatment and various processes involved, after which, Andrew Valadka made his decision and flew to Bangkok along with his family.

Days before the scheduled Epidural Stimulation surgery, Andrew showed no signs of fear or defeat. Instead, he talked about his goals and the expectations he has following the treatments. He hopes to see the improvements similar to the other patients who underwent the Epidural Stimulation surgery, in terms of autonomic functions, blood pressure, bowel and bladder control, and more.

We wish Andrew all the best with his surgery and we are equally excited to see the progress he makes.