Four remarkable men with injuries ranging from C7-T5 agreed to participate in the epidural stimulation study and the results have transformed their lives.
Rob Summers Rob Summers was a college baseball player for the Oregon State Beavers. He was a pitcher with the 2006 College World Series Champions and had aspirations of becoming a major league player. When he was 20 years old, on July 12, 2006, Rob was hit by a car in his own driveway. His injury was at C6, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Rob was the first to undergo the experimental epidural stimulation program, implanted in December 2009. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon and is a motivational speaker, as well as a coach for youth baseball.
Kent Stephenson was the second person to undergo epidural stimulation. Kent was a Pro-Am Motocross racer when on June 9, 2009, his motor locked up going off the face of an 80-foot table top jump. This caused Kent to crash, injuring his spine at T5 and T6, which left him paralyzed from the chest down. He was 21 years old at the time of his accident. Three years later, Kent was implanted in August 2012. He resides in Mount Pleasant, Texas and works for his father's construction business, Stephenson Dirt Contracting, as an estimator/operator. On the weekends, he enjoys activities such as skeet shooting, hunting, fishing, rock crawling and trailing in his utility terrain vehicle side-by-side.
Andrew Meas Andrew was working as an electronics technician at Flextronics prior to his injury. On September 6, 2006, Andrew was riding a motorcycle on his way home from the gym when he had a head-on collision with a car as it attempted to cross through four lanes of traffic without a traffic light. He was injured at C6-C7, sustained a broken right femur and lost part of his right thumb. At the time of his accident, Andrew was 28 years old. He was the third person to be implanted with the epidural stimulator, which took place in November 2012. Currently, Andrew resides in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife and son, and is employed with the University of Louisville as an electronics technician.
Dustin Shillcox Dustin joined the family business, DJ Glass, in Green River, Wyoming after graduating from high school. He was injured on August 26, 2010, when he was 26 years old. Dustin was driving the business van in nearby Rock Springs when a tire blew out and sent his van into a cable that lined the median. The van flipped and he was flung from the driver's side window. Dustin broke his back, sternum, elbow, four ribs and his lungs collapsed; he had bleeding to the brain and injured his spine at T5, which left him paralyzed from the chest down. Dustin was implanted in January 2013 and has since resumed an active outdoor lifestyle with his family, including snow machining.