Summer Safety Appeal
Wed 07, Mar 2018
As the summer approaches the change of seasons, so are the lives affected of those by spinal cord injury from seasonal accidents.
For something as catastrophic as paralysis, even one person is too many. That’s why the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation (PCSRF) is so passionate about the Summer Safety Appeal.
As Perry suggested writing this letter to you, I realised that my own injury ironically happened in summer even though that was a motor vehicle accident.
The mode of injury aside, there are many Australians living with a spinal cord injury. Newly injured people join their ranks every day. What we see as physical paralysis is just the tip of the iceberg.
Almost every body system is affected by a spinal cord injury. Apart from that, families are broken, careers are destroyed and financial security is lost. For our counterparts around the world, a spinal cord injury can be a fast death sentence without the first-world systems we have. As an unpredictable clock ticks by, people are desperate.
We have the opportunity today, to change the world.
We are at the cusp of solving one of the gravest problems that humanity has faced for millenia.
Around the world, we have seen giant steps made by well-known laboratories to cure paralysis.
We now have tangible results. More excitingly, the PCSRF is funding research right at our doorstep, at my proud alma mater the Griffith University, that aims to launch a clinical trial in 2020.
I invite you to rally around this cause, and support the PCSRF in whatever way you can. I am confident that one day, we can be proud of the steps we took together.
Dinesh Palipana LLB, MD.
“When medical student Dinesh Palipana suffered a severe spinal injury in a car crash, he was told his dream of becoming a doctor was over. Now he's Queensland's first quadriplegic doctor, working at one of the state's busiest hospitals.” - ABC News