Every day three people are told they will never walk again. May 8th 2008 was the day that Michael was given this news. It’s a day that he’ll never forget.
He was enjoying the day playing football and frisbee with his friends. By the evening he noticed his back start to feel uncomfortable. An hour later, he couldn’t move his legs. Michael had sustained a T9-T11 spinal infraction.
He spent three months at Leeds General Infirmary and was then transferred to Salisbury Spinal Rehabilitation Centre where he spent six months adjusting to life in a wheelchair. After nearly a year of hospital care, he was finally allowed home.
However, adapting to life at home proved challenging. Simple acts like turning off a light switch could take 10 times as long being in a wheelchair. Michael found this incredibly frustrating, but it helped him develop a more problem-solving and resourceful mindset to face these kind of challenges. This new way of thinking led him to change his career path.
Before his injury, he was studying Philosophy at Leeds University. He has now just completed his Master’s degree and is looking to pursue a PhD in spinal cord injury research.
Please will you consider making a regular gift to Spinal Research, which will fund crucial long-term research and help Michael and others like him?
Your gift will be so much more than a donation, it could lead to a scientific breakthrough. Our team of scientists around the world are motivated to develop effective treatments for paralysis. They hope to one day find a cure. But medical research is not a fast process and can take years to get results. That’s why long-term funding is so valuable for a small charity like ours.
One month your gift could help pay for essential equipment like a microscope lens to help visualise spinal cord tissue. Another month it could pay for researchers to move ahead with their projects.