Baltimore is one of only nine cities where gun violence is the leading cause of spinal cord injuries.
FLORENCE, Ky. – Alisha Waters’ estranged husband tracked her down, shot her five times and then turned the gun on himself.
The Aug. 6 shooting left her paralyzed.
Alisha’s life will never be the same, but after months of rehab in Atlanta, she’s glad to be home.
Sitting in her wheelchair, she talked about bravely facing her new reality and her reason for fighting to live.
The incidence of spinal trauma sustained by military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan is about 5 percent, according to a study published in the Sept. 19 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
MONDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) — The incidence of spinal trauma sustained by military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan is about 5 percent, according to a study published in the Sept. 19 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
Welcome to reality. You are a teenager in the Bronx, and you have been shot by a gun. You have a spinal cord injury and a new identity: paraplegic. Life as you know it is changed in ways you never imagined.
This was the reality of rap artists Namel “Tapwaterz” Norris and Ricardo “Rickfire” Velasquez, ages 17 and 19, respectively, at the time of their life-changing accidents.
When gunfire sounds in a city, police respond, relatives are notified and journalists summarize the aftermath in a quick headline: “Three shot, one dead.” But unless it is a high-profile case — a school shooting or a midnight movie massacre — few will ever know the true toll.
“It’s so often that homicides get the headlines, but you have to realize 95 percent of the time a gun is fired, no one is killed,” said Kenny Barnes, who founded the nonprofit group Reaching Out to Others Together after his son was shot and killed in the District in 2001. “What we don’t really talk about is what happens when there is not a homicide.”