"You don't know how far our technology can take us and the things they learn from research. Anything can happen."
— Andrew Meas
Andrew, a devoted husband and father, joined the epidural stimulator study and experienced amazing progress
within just a few days. Learn a little more about him and his injury.
How were you injured?
"When I was 28, I was involved in a motorcycle accident with a reckless driver when I was
leaving the gym. He hit me pretty much head-on. I was injured at C6-C7 in my back and was told my paralysis was
What was your life like before your injury?
"I did a lot of outdoor stuff — chasing waterfalls at Yosemite and whitewater
rafting. I also danced a lot with my wife — something I really miss."
How has the epidural stimulation research changed your life?
"I used to have really bad high blood pressure because of bladder problems but ever since
the stimulator I don't have to deal with that feeling. It might not sound like a lot, but it really is huge for me.
And being able to stand up just feels incredible."
The University of Louisville maintains a patient registry for individuals who are interested in participating in clinical research studies at the University. If you are living with paralysis and would like to learn more or be considered as a research participant, please add yourself to the registry.
Our goal is to fund epidural stimulation research in 36 new participants — men and women from a range of backgrounds — to prove its efficacy. Get in on the ground floor with what we believe will be the new cornerstone therapy by investing in the research now.