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Higher rates of spinal cord injury are seen in southern and eastern parts of Taiwan, reports the Liberty Times, with young males from medium to low-income families in eastern Taiwan … 20 times more likely to suffer such a debilitating injury than the average person.

The rate of spinal cord injuries among young people aged 15 to 19 is markedly higher than other age groups — and those living in poorer economic conditions are at higher risk.


(Via Wikimedia)

Taiwan’s Spinal Cord Injury Foundation says 4,000 to 5,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries in Taiwan annually, with traffic accidents accounting for the largest number — 56%.

Other causes include falls, 15% – occupational injuries, 12% – disease, 7% – and sports injuries, 5%.

The Liberty Times highlighted the story of Cheng I-fen (鄭怡芬):

Just a few years ago when she was 25, Cheng was in a major car wreck while on the way home to prepare for a family funeral.

She was sitting in the front passenger seat and suffered multiple serious injuries — the most serious?  –Damage to her thoracic and lumbar spine … causing her to lose sensation and mobility from the chest down.


(Via Liberty Times / 鄭怡芬)

Cheng, now 27, has had time to process things following the life-changing accident … and says she isn’t despondent as she was in the initial stages.

World Spinal Cord Injury Day was on September 5, 2016.

At the event, Cheng told other spinal injury sufferers to go out into society and learn how to live independently.

Cheng recently got a special car that she can drive with her hands only … and she says freedom of mobility has made her significantly happier.

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