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Here is a wonderfully told story about a young circus performer
who became paralyzed when she fell into a net doing a trapeze routine. Because this happened in Canada, Carolyn Pioro become one of the patients in the Surgical Timing in Acute Spinal Cord Injury Study
(STASCIS) lead by Michael G. Fehlings at Toronto Western Hospital. Fehlings is a principal investigator in the Reeve Foundation's North American Clinical Trials Network
The STASCIS clinical trial was about seeing if decompression of the spine prior to 24 hours after SCI can be performed safely and is associated with improved neurologic outcome.
Carolyn's story highlights the collaboration between acute care and rehabilitation in trying to assist individuals with shattered spines. The work with early decompression is an imperfect offering but it saved this woman's life and prevented her from living a life as a ventilator-dependent tetraplegic.
Carolyn Pioro wrote this piece for Chatelaine
, which is where she is now a journalist.
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