Thursday, June 4, 2020

Tag: Amanda Yan

Living with a spinal cord injury

Published: May 12, 2012

There have been many breakthroughs in treatment and care over the last 25 years, and even more improvements in accessibility. But there’s still a long way to go

On a warm summer night in 1978 , Robb Dunfield and two friends climbed up into a house under construction near Jericho Beach to get a better view of the pillowy tall ships floating in the harbour.

They stepped out onto a balcony where the railing had not yet been built. Instead, there was merely a board tapped into place with a nail at either end.

It gave way quickly and Dunfield, then an athletic 19-year-old with a zest for adventure, plunged 30 feet into the darkness. Down, down he went, crashing into an abyss. In those few moments, his life changed irrevocably.

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