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Diving into shallow or unknown water can lead to spinal cord injury this National Water Safety Week

The trustees of SPIRIT would like to mark National Water Safety Week in the UK which starts on Monday 6th June. The focus of the safety week is on the number of people who drown in unknown water around the UK every year. We should not forget however that many people around the world are

SPIRIT Trustee to take part in SCI Question Time discussion

To mark Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Day on Friday 20th May, Jonathan Fogerty, Trustee of SPIRIT is taking part in a Question Time style debate on spinal cord injury. The debate will be looking at current issues facing people affected by SCI, the impact of SCI and how services for those with SCI across the

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day tomorrow

The trustees of SPIRIT would like to mark spinal cord injury awareness day on Friday 20th May. In the UK, three people a day are left paralysed through spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury can happen in the simplest of circumstances and when one is least prepared. A long stay in hospital often follows

Research into Spinal Cord Injury – can you help?

An interdisciplinary group of clinicians and scientists, led by Dr Pawel Tabakown, Consultant Neurosurgeon from the Wroclaw University Hospital (Poland), are looking for two individuals with a complete SCI following a stab injury to the spinal cord. Candidates may be either male or female, preferably more than six months post-injury and between 16 and 65 years of

One year since the Nepal earthquakes where thousands died and hundreds were paralysed

Today is the first anniversary of the devastating earthquakes in Nepal where nearly 9,000 people died in the two earthquakes that struck the country. The international media focus afterwards was on those people who died. Unfortunately however over 22,000 were injured in the same disaster with over 400 people instantly paralysed through spinal cord injury (SCI). No healthcare system

Serious injuries sustained in natural disasters such as the Ecuador earthquake

The trustees of SPIRIT would like to extend their condolences to the people of Ecuador. The news of the earthquake in their country is devastating. Quite rightly after these natural disasters, the focus is on the number of people who have very sadly lost their lives. Unfortunately, however, many people also sustain very serious injuries

Interesting news about an implant which allows paralysed man to ‘play guitar’

As a spinal cord injury charity, SPIRIT welcomes the BBC news story about Ian Burkhart. Ian, from Ohio in the USA, was 24 when he sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI) in a diving accident. He was rendered a tetraplegic with complete paralysis in his lower limbs and only very limited movement in his arms. Ian