On Friday 17 May, Spinal Injuries Together, a grouping of the UK’s five major spinal cord injury charities, will be raising awareness of the life-changing effects of spinal cord injury through national Spinal Cord Injuries Day.
In the UK alone, someone is told they may never walk again Every Eight Hours.
It could happen to any of us, at any time, as a result of an accident or illness.
Injury causes a loss of muscle and sensory control and the vast majority of people affected become wheelchair users for the rest of their lives. Historically, the majority of spinal cord injuries have been sustained by those aged 15 to 40 with men outnumbering women, although it is increasingly affecting older people too.
Daniel was only four when, while on holiday with his family, he was knocked down by a car and sustained a spinal cord injury. He cannot move or feel from the neck down and has to use a ventilator to breathe. His mum Jillian explains: “You never believe this sort of thing will happen to you – yet it did to us and it only took a second.”
Despite the difficulties of coming to terms with a spinal cord injury, the five major UK spinal cord injury charities believe that it shouldn’t stop people from being able to live a full and active life.
Raquel, for instance, was spinal cord injured after an operation on her spine went wrong. She has now qualified as a solicitor and specialises in helping others with personal injury claims, drawing upon her own personal experience. As Raquel says “Having a spinal cord injury hasn’t stopped me from enjoying life and achieving my ambitions.”
To find out more about Spinal Cord Injuries Day and to hear the inspiring stories of people living with a spinal cord injury, visit www.everyeighthours.com