Casey Gemma: Challenging spinal cord injury
A couple of weeks ago Living Options Devon met with Casey Gemma at Haldon Forest Park
Casey had a mountain bike accident whilst riding with her partner and friends. She fractured her spine and required a lengthy 6-hour emergency surgery once she had been airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
After waking up from her surgery, Casey and her family were given the terrifying news that she was unlikely to ever walk again as the damage to her spinal nerves had been so devastating. Following surgery, Casey has been supported by the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury receiving rehabilitation. Casey’s positivity and determination are an inspiration to anyone who is in a similar position as her recovering from a spinal cord injury.
We filmed a three-part video series which will be aired in September online. The aim of the series will be to increase people’s understanding and raise awareness of spinal cord injuries. We get Casey’s advice on what accessible activities there are indoors and outdoors in Devon. We also ask her how locations, venues, and activity centres can be made more accessible.
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