Daily Archives: July 3, 2013
A hasty beach dive on Australia Day last year left Jim Anderson a quadriplegic.
“I didn’t do a very good shallow dive. Went in too straight and just hit the bottom,” the 23-year-old Victorian explains.
“It wasn’t really painful. I just couldn’t feel anything.”
The spinal cord injury that paralysed his limbs left him with no hand function and limited elbow movement.
But during rehabilitation, he was offered groundbreaking surgery.
Degenerative tissue loss resulting from a spinal cord injury was shown to develop in the spinal cord and brain as early as 40 days after the injury, according to a study published in The Lancet Neurology.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Zurich and the Uniklinik Balgrist in Zurich, included 13 patients with acute spinal cord injuries.