In 1980, a trampoline accident at college rendered Brodie a C2-C3 quadriplegic at the age of 19. Approximately four months later, he was implanted with the Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker system, and in 1983, Brodie had his tracheostomy closed.
He then returned to college, completing his master’s degree in Education. According to Brodie, because of the Avery pacers, people are not aware that he is ventilator dependent. He has gone camping in Yosemite, and he travels frequently utilizing planes, helicopters, cruise ships and even a hot air balloon!
Brodie states “All of this has been much easier with the [Avery] pacers… much of it has been possible only with the pacers. Because of them, I am healthier, safer, much more comfortable socially, physically and professionally, and able to have an active, somewhat normal life.”