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Questions about First Days After Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury is a shocking, life-changing event for individuals and their families. Watch personal accounts of people's first days in the hospital after Spinal Cord Injury.

What was the hardest part of the first days in the hospital?

Joey
Injured in 2005 at age 13, Quadriplegic

Darren
Injured in 1993 at age 20, Quadriplegic

Riveria
Son injured in 1997 at age 24, Quadriplegic

Hector
Injured in 1979 at age 19, Paraplegic

How did you develop an understanding of the injury?

Sue
Son injured in 2004 at age 10, Quadriplegic

Joan
Son injured in 1985 at age 22, Quadriplegic

Antonio
Injured in 1994 at age 19, Quadriplegic

Carol Ann
Son injured in 1993 at age 20, Quadriplegic

What was your greatest fear at first?

Jorge
Injured in 1978 at age 11, Paraplegic

Joey
Injured in 2005 at age 13, Quadriplegic

Darren
Injured in 1993 at age 20, Quadriplegic

Ramon
Injured in 1999 at age 25, Paraplegic

How did family members respond to the news?

Darren
Injured in 1993 at age 20, Quadriplegic

John
Son injured in 1985 at age 22, Quadriplegic

Carol Ann
Son injured in 1993 at age 20, Quadriplegic

Mary Ellen
Daughter injured in 2005 at age 15, Quadriplegic

What personal support was most helpful to you?

Joan
Son injured in 1985 at age 22, Quadriplegic

John
Son injured in 1985 at age 22, Quadriplegic

Clarissa
Son injured in 1974 at age 19, Quadriplegic

Carol Ann
Son injured in 1993 at age 20, Quadriplegic

How did you deal with stress at first?

Sue
Son injured in 2004 at age 10, Quadriplegic

Darren
Injured in 1993 at age 20, Quadriplegic

Maurice
Injured in 1997 at age 24, Quadriplegic

Henry
Son injured in 1974 at age 19, Quadriplegic

What do you wish you had known at the beginning?

Jorge
Injured in 1978 at age 11, Paraplegic

Darren
Injured in 1993 at age 20, Quadriplegic

John
Son injured in 1985 at age 22, Quadriplegic

Jack
Injured in 1974 at age 26, Paraplegic