Report: 1.3 million live with paralysis

Sunday, May 31, 2009

ALBQUERQUE, N.M.--Five times more people (1.3 million) are living with spinal cord injuries than doctors thought, according to a report released in April. Overall, 5.5 million Americans are living with some degree of paralysis, according to Anthony Cahill, a disability specialist at the University of New Mexico. Possible reasons for this population being largely hidden: Cahill suggests that less extensive injuries have often gone uncounted and people are living longer with paralysis. Cahill surveyed 33,000 U.S. households.