Andrea became a C1-C2 quadriplegic following an automobile accident in September 1990. Soon after, she was transferred to the care of Dr. Edward Carter at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston, Texas.
She was implanted with her Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker by Dr. Laurens Pickard at TIRR in April 1991 and has been pacing 12-14 hours per day ever since.
Through the use of her Avery pacers, Andrea was able to attend college and has received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She is currently working as a mental health counselor.
Andrea states “The [Avery] diaphragm pacing system has made a dramatic difference in my everyday life and I would not hesitate to do it again! In fact, I feel great pacing and am able to volunteer for ‘Beautify Fort Smith’!”
Source: ABD-PP-016, Rev B 12/2020