WHO: Spinal injury is no longer a death sentence

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Spinal cord injury

More people with spinal cord injury can survive to lead healthy and productive lives, if they have access to timely, appropriate emergency and acute care.

That's the main message in a report entitled "International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injuries" issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the International Day of People with Disabilities observed annually on 3 December.

As many as 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year, the agency says. And the mortality rate for people with that injury is high, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Duration:  3’55″

 

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