Personal Interviews About Life With Paralysis

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Q&A: How did you develop an understanding of the injury?

Spinal Cord Injury Prognosis
Personal Experiences with Paralysis

Q: How did you develop an understanding of the injury?

Since 2015, the average age at injury is 43, up from 29 in the 1970s, almost half result in incomplete tetraplegia with less than 1% experiencing complete neurological recovery by the time of hospital discharge. This is often a hard reality for patients and families to face, and the delivery of the news can often be traumatic.

In the interviews below, many were immediately informed that they would never walk again, while others were given hope of recovery and became determined to restore their mobility in rehabilitation.

We asked 100 men and women how they learned the meaning of their spinal cord injuries. The videos below have the most candid and insightful answers.