1. The majority of victims are between the ages of 16 and 25 when their injuries are sustained. Around 75% are male.
2. Nearly half of all injuries are acquired in motor vehicle accidents. Sporting and recreational accidents, falls and acts of violence are also common causes of SCI.
3. Most SCI’s occur at the cervical (neck) region, above the first thoracic vertebra. The result is quadriplegia/tetraplegia – paralysis affecting all four limbs, as well as the abdominal and chest muscles. A SCI below this point will result in paraplegia – a less severe type of paralysis, where the victim still has full use of their arms and hands.
4. Over an injured person’s lifetime, the cost of healthcare and support can run into millions – the emotional toll can be costlier still. There are over 2.5 million recorded cases of paralysis caused by SCI Worldwide, and that number swells daily.
5. It is estimated that around 150,000 people will sustain a SCI annually. Taking the victim’s loved ones into account, this devastating injury impacts many, many more
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