Rehabilitation: Self-Sufficiency Surfboard

Benny Boudreaux, 40, from the bayou country of Louisiana, lost the use of his legs from an injury to his spinal cord in an auto crash while he was in the Air Force. Like most of the 1 00,000 U.S. paraplegics (both legs disabled) and quadriplegics (both arms and legs disabled), Boudreaux was constantly prey to excruciating decubitus ulcers, better known as bedsores. In the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis, he was condemned to lie in bed, face down, so no bony prominences could cause pressure and ulcers.

Boudreaux wanted to do metal work, but he could not reach a...

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