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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 in these incidents and they are often overlooked.

In 2015, for example, the earthquake in Nepal rendered over 400 people paralysed through spinal cord injury, (SCI). No healthcare system in the world would be able to cater for the needs of so many SCI people instantly needing support and when such disasters happen in developing countries, it often leaves those affected with a very difficult future.

SPIRIT is a charity that supports the learning about the treatment of spinal cord injury in countries all over the world. SPIRIT provides grants for doctors and other healthcare professionals to travel to the UK and to learn about our spinal cord injury centre service and learn new skills.

Let us not forget the people living with spinal cord injury in countries all around the world.Equador

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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 has received treatment to implant a microchip in his brain. The chip reads his brain signals which are then interpreted by a computer which stimulates his muscles with electricity to restore function.

This is very positive news and illustrates how advances in technology and medicine can assist those individuals who are affected by spinal cord injury or other causes of paralysis.

Approximately 1,000 people every year in the UK sustain spinal cord injury which will leave them with some degree of paralysis.

SPIRIT supports all research into SCI that is being carried out around the world and which will improve the independence of those affected by spinal cord injury.

If you would like to learn more about the work of SPIRIT, please look around our website or email us.