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Girl struck by arrow at California college

A child visiting a college in California is now recovering from injuries she sustained when she accidentally was struck by an arrow on the campus on Tuesday, March 26.

According to UC Berkeley Police Captain Steven Roderick, an eight-year-old girl, Nadine Hairston, was visiting the University of California, Berkeley, on a field trip with her day care classmates when an arrow hit her.

The girl was sitting on a life-sized model of a fin-whale outside the Lawrence Hall of Science when a 20-inch crossbow arrow struck her thigh. Her mother, Alicia Hairston, said she underwent surgery but has recovered from the accident.

Roderick said investigations are currently being conducted regarding the incident and that at the moment specific details like who the shooter was or where the arrow came from are still unclear.

At Ritter & Associates, we have extensive experience helping the victims of premises liability injuries to get the financial compensation they need to deal with medical expenses and other consequences of their injuries.


Virtual Sailing Helps Spinal Cord Injury Patients Build Strength

A new program has recently been developed in order to help people who have suffered from spinal cord injuries have the ability to build upper body strength. The current exercises that are used for those with spinal cord injuries in order to help them rehabilitate do not focus on muscle strength, but a new virtual sailing program may be the perfect amount of movement in order to help patients physically as well as mentally.

One patient in particular, who was injured five years ago when a ladder fell on top of him and crushed his spine, felt that he needed some type of exercise to help fight the confining feeling that he dealt with on a daily basis from his wheelchair.

The man was left permanently paralyzed from the waist down after the accident and wanted a way to maintain muscle strength. New research being studied at the Kennedy Kreiger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, V-Sail, is an “access sailing simulator system” that allows patients to navigate a “boat-like vessel”  in order to help them build upper body strength.

A 12-week course has been created in order to help spinal cord injury patients not only build the muscle they may have lost, but also better their health in general as well as build self-esteem. Doctors associated with the research have stated that they are hoping to see progress on the physical strength as well as mental wellness.


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