Technology helps spinal cord injury patients
Friday, October 24, 2008 | 5:59 PM

By Karina Rusk

SAN JOSE, CA (KGO) -- Kevin Brady is not able to tell his story himself. Brady broke his neck in a fall at his Arizona home four months ago and no longer has any muscle control in his body.

He and his wife feared that he would be dependent on a ventilator to breathe for the rest of his life, until he was transferred to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose.

"Here is a ray of hope for us," Darlene Brady said. "Here is somebody that is going to do something for us and help us."

That help and hope comes in the form of new technology and the spinal cord injury specialists at Valley Medical Center. A small diaphragm pacemaker will replace the 20 pound machine most spinal cord injury patients learn to live with.