On March 15, the California Spinal Cord Injury Association held its annual “Meet the Scientist” day on the campus of the University of California – Irvine. It was a chance for people living with paralysis and their loved ones to speak face-to-face with researchers who are working toward a cure.

One of the issues that families affected by paralysis, such as after a serious car accident, is that the paralyzed person may need help taking care of him- or herself for the rest of his or her life. Some people get professional assistance; others, like a 49-year-old man, have relied on his parents since his car accident.

His parents help him get ready in the morning, and go to bed at night. In between, he runs a mortgage firm. But when it comes to brushing his teeth, bathing and using the toilet, he is dependent on his parents.

His parents have provided loving support, but are now in their 80s. It is becoming more difficult for them to take care of their son. Thus, the man has hired a caregiver. Meanwhile, his mother was looking forward to the Meet the Scientist event, so she could ask scientists if she might live to see her son walk again.

Hopefully, someday there will be a cure for spinal cord injuries. Until then, there are numerous people in Los Angeles that are living with the disabling results of a negligent driver who caused a car accident. Life with a spinal injury can get expensive. Victims should not have to bear these costs themselves, when their disability to due to a reckless person.

Source: Orange County Register, “Johnson: Aging parents impatient for son’s paralysis cure,” Bill Johnson, March 15, 2014