Pediatric Quadriplegia

Quadriplegia, also known as tetrapalegia, is the loss of voluntary movement and sensation in all four extremities, and usually results from a cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). Other conditions, such as a brain stem lesion or spinal meningitis, may also result in quadriplegia. After the patient is neurologically and orthopedically stable and cannot be weaned from mechanical ventilation, a diaphragm pacing system should be considered.

Camila Begins Pacing 24/7


Camila with her parents, viewing ducks and swans at Laguna Trupán Camila sustained a C1-C2 neonatal spinal cord injury, rendering her ventilator-dependent. In 2019, at nearly two years old, she was implanted with the Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker by Dr. Renato Acuña at Hospitales Los Angeles in Los Angeles, Chile. Her post-op recovery was [...]

Camila Begins Pacing 24/72021-08-10T19:16:01+00:00



Ryo using the Avery Pacing System In 1999, Ryo became a quadriplegic because of a traffic accident with his motorbike. He remained in the hospital for 15 months tethered to a mechanical ventilator. After 15 months in the hospital, Ryo was implanted with the Avery Breathing Pacemaker at Fujita Health University. Five [...]




Keith loving life with his Avery Pacemaker In 1996, Keith, an 18-year-old diving and gymnastic enthusiast, suffered an accident on a trampoline which rendered him quadriplegic and ventilator dependent. He had a bilateral intercostal nerve graft and was implanted with the Avery Diaphragm Pacing System. In 1997, after approximately seven months of nerve [...]


Caroline’s Senior Year of High School


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 [...]

Caroline’s Senior Year of High School2020-12-16T14:20:58+00:00

Pedro Arthur


On January 9, 2012, Pedro became the first pediatric patient implanted with a diaphragm pacing system in Brazil. In 2006, Pedro became quadriplegic following a seizure which was determined to have been caused by undiagnosed bacterial meningitis. For the first time since he became quadriplegic, Pedro has felt his diaphragm contract, allowing him to breathe [...]

Pedro Arthur2020-12-07T19:21:20+00:00