Christopher Janney

Christopher Janney’s Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI) happened during a motorcycle accident in 2002, resulting in 3 cervical nerve roots torn from his spine and the immediate paralysis of his right upper extremity, diaphragm, and vagus nerve. Despite the confusion of the weeks following his injury, it became clear that without the support and resources of the United Brachial Plexus Network (UBPN) — and its online BPI community discussion forums — that his dominant arm would eventually be amputated if he remained in Los Angeles, California for surgery. Through determination and great fortune, Janney obtained the most advanced surgical BPI reconstruction available in the U.S. — which even included a neurosurgical procedure he conceived to salvage his triceps from the permanence of paralysis. The unimagined challenges of this journey instilled an indebtedness to UBPN and its community of life-saving support and inspiration. In 2008 Janney was invited to join UBPN’s board of directors. As its recently elected president, he aims to unify and align all of the awe-inspiring individuals and professionals of the BPI community towards the common goal of ultimate health and wellness — which includes the eventual cure for this injury and trauma-induced paralysis. Christopher Janney attended the University of New Hampshire where he studied Philosophy, Yale School of Drama, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.