| Jan 10, 2012
Dr. Richard Fessler leaned over his patient's back and sliced through skin, muscle and bone until he exposed the man's spinal cord, crushed just days earlier in a motorcycle crash.
He then inserted a syringe into the cable of nerves and injected about...
| Nov 30, 2011
When Forrest Ericksen's relatives spoke about his snowmobile accident, they would say "Dr. Watson this, Dr. Watson that."
Ericksen, 18, had been in a coma and could not remember the physician who led the surgical team that saved his life. But he wanted...
| Nov 29, 2011
| 7:31 PM
Question: Whenever certain people are on TV, our cat Lilly runs to the TV and begins to scratch at the set. This happens with certain music comes on.
Recently, when Justin Bieber appeared on TV, the cat went crazy. Lilly doesn't have her claws anymore,...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 6:24 PM
Ever since Scott B. Crane was a boy, his greatest passion was food.
So when a rare form of muscular dystrophy confined him to a wheelchair and depleted his body to a frail 70 pounds, Mr. Crane knew "food therapy" would be the perfect prescription for his...
| Jan 29, 2012
For every survivor of a serious stroke, recovery takes a unique path.
Some fight through rehabilitation to return to their old jobs. Others get back to work, though to a less challenging job. For some, the journey never leads back to the workplace.
| Feb 9, 2012
| 11:49 AM
The 10th Annual ArtFutura will be held Thursday May 31, 2012 at in the Ryan Family Atrium of Northwestern's Lurie Center (303 E. Superior) just two blocks from Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibit, a juried art exhibition benefitting the...
| Feb 24, 2012
| 6:04 AM
WASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Kirk, who suffered a major stroke a month ago, is recovering quietly, with careful limits on both his visitors and information about his condition.
Kirk, 52, is being treated at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago after...
| Jun 24, 2011
Joe Tucker is the first civilian to get a hi-tech bionic leg. A 42-year-old father-of-four, Tucker lives with his family in Putnam Valley, NY where he works as the manager of a car dealership. Soon after the birth of his first child, while living in the...
| Aug 9, 2011
| 2:37 PM
CHICAGO--As nurses stood by, Martin Mireles slowly guided his wheelchair through a practice course. No hand movements, no head movements. Only his tongue moved.
Mireles, 38, is part of a study testing a new way for quadriplegics, who are paralyzed from...
| Aug 26, 2011
| 2:48 AM
LAPORTE COUNTY -- A harsh reminder that life can change in an instant: 17-year-old Lauren Pokuta of LaPorte County is fighting for her life after she was injured in a car accident. Right now she's in a vegetative state at a rehab hospital in Chicago but...
| Sep 14, 2011
| 1:02 PM
For the 25 million U.S. adults with urinary incontinence, a little leakage can carry a lot of shame. But many people don't do anything about it.
"Urinary incontinence is a very insidious process," said Dr. David Glazier, co-director of the pelvic floor...