Can we end paralysis? An interview by Health Europa Quarterly
Corinne Jeanmaire, of the endParalysis foundation, says a cure for spinal cord injury is possible, but it will take time, resources and a smart way of thinking.
Picture above © endparalysis.org: Every year another 250,000-500,000 people become paralysed following an injury to their spinal cord, according to the World Health Organization. Many of them are young, like Jamie (the Netherlands), who became paraplegic after a car accident when he was three years old.
The endParalysis foundation is a small organisation with a big dream – to help find a cure for spinal cord injury (SCI). Patient-driven and goal-oriented, the Netherlands-based charity is committed to supporting high-impact, collaborative research projects that bridge the gap between lab and clinic and offer millions of patients worldwide a future without paralysis after an SCI.
Corinne Jeanmaire launched the endParalysis foundation in June 2014, 13 years after a car accident left her paralysed from the waist down. Here, she tells Health Europa Quarterly why, despite the hurdles, she’s optimistic that a cure will one day be found, and why it’s vital that policymakers start paying more attention to SCI research.