One person in the United States becomes paralyzed every 48 seconds. With this in mind, Congress recently acted to bring more attention to spinal cord injury (SCI), passing a resolution declaring September National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.
Sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), the resolution aims to emphasize the state of health care and treatment for people with spinal cord injuries, highlight the advances that have yet to be made and honor those living with a spinal cord injury.
In the bill itself Congress acknowledged the millions living with spinal cord injuries in the United States, and the frequency of spinal cord injuries. Despite this, research into treating or curing paralysis is often expensive and hard to come by, involving specialized equipment and staff that many hospitals and research centers cannot afford. Government funding and support will be crucial in the search for a treatment for paralysis.
“By designating September as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, I hope we can further educate the public about how crippling accidents can be prevented while promoting the important work being done to help victims walk again,” Sen. Rubio said.