Lerona’s life changed dramatically when she was just five-years-old. She was on her way home from school when the car she was travelling in was involved in a horrific accident with another car. The driver of the other car was over the alcohol limit and hit their car with such force that Lerona’s seatbelt snapped and she collided with another passenger. Those few seconds led to life-long devastating consequences.
It left her with a spinal cord injury at T12/L1 level, which is around the pelvic area. She cannot feel or move anything in her legs and feet. Lerona spent six months recovering in hospital with her parents, Susan and Avi, constantly by her bedside. The experience was deeply traumatic and distressing for the whole family.
Despite her injuries, Lerona was determined to live a fulfilling life and make the most of opportunities. Before studying Philosophy at Birmingham University, she travelled abroad during her gap year. It’s where she met Nick, who would later become her husband. They married in 2012 and a few years later started a family. But living with paralysis does have its challenges.
Nearly all people living with a spinal cord injury are affected in this area. Restoring bladder and bowel function is a huge priority for them.
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