Jeff Mar­quis

Focus-Science and Technology - - DISCOVERIES -

35, Louisville

Fol­low­ing a nasty crash while out rid­ing his moun­tain bike with a room­mate in Mon­tana in 2011,

Jeff was left paral­ysed from the chest down as a re­sult of a bro­ken neck. Fol­low­ing treat­ment with an epidu­ral stim­u­la­tor and months of in­ten­sive re­hab he be­came the first par­tic­i­pant in this study to at­tain bi­lat­eral steps.

“The first steps af­ter my moun­tain bik­ing ac­ci­dent were such a sur­prise, and I am thrilled to have pro­gressed by con­tin­u­ing to take more steps each day,” he said. “In ad­di­tion, my en­durance has im­proved, as I’ve re­gained strength and the in­de­pen­dence to do things I used to take for granted, like cook­ing and clean­ing. My main pri­or­ity is to be a par­tic­i­pant in this re­search and fur­ther the find­ings, as what the Univer­sity of Louisville team does each day is in­stru­men­tal for the mil­lions of in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing with paral­y­sis from a spinal cord in­jury.”

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