Life goes on after spinal cord injury
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I was captivated by the story of 35 year old Barry West who lost the use of both arms and legs in a horrific car accident in 1996. Barry suffered a devastating spinal injury, breaking his neck in 2 places, leaving him paralysed and confined to a wheelchair.
Despite this, Barry has refused to let his disabilities hold him back and he has gone on to conquer some of the worlds most extreme challenges, including skydiving, paragliding, abseiling, kayaking, skiing and he has even climbed Mount Snowdon. Barry is now a qualified scuba diver and plans to tackle Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest peak later in the year.
The advances in SCI medicines and technologies are developing at an exciting speed with a wealth of opportunities opening up for SCI patients. This, coupled with the advice, support and services provided by charities such as the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), it is refreshing to see that these individuals are now enjoying a better quality of life.
The SIA are a leading national charity for spinal cord injured people and they work hard to campaign for the best medical and social care. Following the success of their study day in Manchester last year, the SIA have recently hosted another fantastic event in Birmingham. The study days, supported by Pannone, aim to increase knowledge to clinicians generally to ensure that spinal cord injured people have access to the same level of care and treatment across the country.
The annual SIA Cornflower ball held last month at the Midland Hotel in Manchester raised over £40,000.00 for the charity. This money will no doubt be used to help many people like Barry West, to continue to fulfill and reach their goals.
As a specialist spinal injury solicitors and longstanding supporter of the SIA, Pannone are thrilled to have contributed to the success of these events.
If you or a member of your family are affected by spinal cord injury, please call 0800 0384 384 for a no obligation discussion with one of our specialist spinal cord injury lawyers.
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