USA Today says that Christopher Reeve will talk about being paralyzed since 1995, the progress he’s made, and what people can do to help research.
Paralyzed actor-director Christopher Reeve Friday will speak publicly for the first time without the use of a mechanical ventilator, thanks to a “lung pacemaker” operation performed in February.
Relying on electrode implants to breathe normally and foregoing a ventilator for up to 18 hours a day, he hopes to bring attention to spinal cord research in a taped interview with Barbara Walters on ABC’s 20/20 at 10 p.m. ET.
Since the operation, Reeve has been able to breathe through his mouth and nose â€” for the first time in eight years â€” for longer and longer periods of time, relying only on an implant powered by an external battery. A 1995 spinal injury paralyzed Reeve. He has since emerged as a prominent advocate for medical research.
You can read more of the article at the link above and more on the broadcast is up at ABC News.
Source: USA Today