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Man receives spinal cord injury 16 years ago, does not lose hope

Employees in Columbus, Ohio, may be worried that they will one day become the victim of a workplace injury. Even worse, it could be one that leaves them incapable of supporting themselves and their families. One such injury that could do this is a spinal cord injury. The effects of this have left many paralyzed and unable to do much for themselves, let alone head back to work.

The story of one spinal cord injury victim has left many wondering what their lives would be like if they suddenly became a quadriplegic. He was 20 years old when he lost the use of his limbs. He was a freshman in college at the time and was about to start his first hockey game with the school he attended. After 11 seconds on the ice, he had been injured.

One of his vertebras had been cracked, which left him paralyzed from the neck down. That was more than 16 years ago.

Limited use of his right arm was restored shortly after the accident occurred. He can move a joystick on his motorized wheelchair, but no movement has been recovered since. The man has been hoping for a cure since his injury, but that was 16 years ago.

Still, he believes that a cure will come during his lifetime. He has written a book on his injury and his life. He is also the head of a foundation that gives grants to those in need of spinal injury equipment. Some of those grants also go toward researching the cure.

If one suffers a spinal injury on the job, they can be entitled to benefits that help offset the cost of medical expenses.

Source: WBUR, "Travis Roy: Hopes For His Recovery From Quadriplegia Have Dimmed," Sacha Pfeiffer and Lynn Jolicoeur, Apr. 4, 2012

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