Recovering from, or adapting to, a serious injury can take time. However, given enough time and proper care, many injured people are able to return to a life very much like the one they knew before suffering the injury. For victims of spinal cord injuries, however, the possibility of leading a normal life again may be far less likely. Figures made available by Statistics Canada and the Rick Hansen Foundation reveal the grim reality for many SCI victims.
Spinal cord injuries are relatively common in Canada. As of 2012, an estimated 86,000 Canadians live with an SCI, and 4,300 new cases are added each year. That's more than 11 new cases every day.