A woman in another state suffered a spinal cord injury four months ago after being hit by a car while on a bike ride with a friend. Last week the woman walked across the finish line of a half marathon. Her boyfriend pushed her in a wheelchair for most of the race, but the woman walked herself the last hundred feet of the race, to cross the finish line, holding her boyfriend's arm for stability.
This was an amazing accomplishment in such a short period of time after the accident. In the initial days following the accident, doctors weren't sure the woman was even going to survive. Now, after just four months, she is well on her way to recovery and can walk with assistance for stability. The emotionally charged moment went viral on the Internet, and gives hope to other spinal cord injury victims that they can still do great things in their lives.
It can often be difficult for victims to recover. When the spinal cord is damaged, the damage can be difficult to repair. This may lead people to need assistance throughout their life for tasks that would seem routine to people without injuries. Most people would think that completing a major race wouldn't even be possible. With determination and expert help, people can make more progress in recovering from spinal cord injuries than ever before.
The care that might be necessary after an injury might be extremely costly, but it can help a person return to the adventurous life they lived before an injury.
Source: Today, "Man helps girlfriend with spinal cord injury cross finish line," Scott Stump, Feb. 25, 2013
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