At Spinal Research we believe that research will one day beat paralysis. It will help improve movement and restore function, so that paralysis will no longer be considered a life sentence. We’ve seen the power of scientific research in the Covid-19 vaccination and how it’s helping humanity to progress.
However, the lockdown restrictions over the past year have meant that some of our projects have been further delayed or unable to begin. This has been frustrating as our work is hugely important for people like Lizzie, who have a spinal cord injury.
Please will you make a gift today to help our crucial research to move forward after the delays caused by national lockdowns?
Lizzie was badly injured nine years ago when she was cycling to a local café for breakfast. She was thrown off her bike after being hit by an overtaking car.
She knew that something serious was wrong as she couldn’t feel anything below her waist.
Lizzie was rushed to a trauma ward where they confirmed her worst fears: she had an incomplete T12/L1 spinal cord injury. She spent five painful days at the trauma ward coming to terms with the harsh reality of not being able to walk again. At this point she didn’t realise the effect of her injury on her bladder and bowel control. “I assumed I was wearing a catheter because I was physically unable to get up and go to the toilet.”
Problems with these functions are more of a hidden issue, but affect almost everyone with a spinal cord injury. It can have a devastating impact on health, independence and quality of life. For Lizzie, the lack of control means a loss of freedom and spontaneity. It also results in embarrassing accidents, especially when out in public, and urinary tract infections.
Our Below the Belt portfolio of research projects focuses on restoring these functions and brings together teams of scientists to help tackle this urgent need. We currently have five research projects in this portfolio that are using innovative treatments to help improve function.
One of these exciting projects is a two-year clinical study being led by Dr Sarah Knight at the London Spinal Injuries Unit. She will recruit 20 individuals with a spinal cord injury who will receive a combination of spinal cord electrical stimulation and bladder training programme to help improve bladder function.
Spinal Research is harnessing the science to beat paralysis. But we need your support. Your donation today could make a massive difference to Lizzie and so many people like her. It will help our crucial research to continue, so that we can accelerate the delivery of pioneering treatments. Please help make a difference today. Thank you.