Caroline, Pacing Since 2007

Caroline’s Senior Year Photo
Caroline as a child

Caroline was just ten months old in February of 2003 when she became a C1-C2 quadriplegic as a result of an automobile accident. After this event, Caroline endured repeated hospitalizations for recurrent pneumonia, like many other quadriplegics. Caroline was implanted with her Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker in August 2007 by Dr. Robert Cilley at Hershey Medical Center near her home in Pennsylvania. Using her Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker, Caroline attended high school and graduated in 2020!

“The Avery Diaphragm Pacing System was one of the best decisions we ever made for Caroline.  Being completely dependent on a ventilator after her spinal cord injury Caroline was in the hospital 3 to 4 times per year on IV antibiotics to treat pneumonia.  After having the system was implanted those hospital stays dropped to only 3 times over a 5-year period.  With the Avery Diaphragm Pacing System, Caroline’s respiratory issues and overall health improved dramatically.”

Source: ABD-PP-018, Rev C 12/2020

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