A spinal cord injury can happen at any time, to anyone, and on September 13 2014, Chris Collings from Yeovil had a fall in his garden and suffered a broken neck and damage to his spinal cord leaving him with a C4 and C5 incomplete spinal cord injury.
He said: “I landed on my head and broke my neck. All I remember is waking up in my garden and not being able to move my body from the neck down.”
Chris was found by a neighbour, drifting in and out of consciousness and taken to Yeovil District Hospital before being transferred to the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Unit at Salisbury hospital.
“I can’t remember much until I woke up in hospital the following Monday morning unable to move my arms and legs. It’s a feeling I wouldn’t wish on anyone.”
Chris then had to go through a painful two and a half hour journey by ambulance from Yeovil to Salisbury Hospital, where he received numerous scans before starting his initial treatment of lying flat on his back for six weeks to allow the spinal cord to recover.
After about a month the swelling around his spinal cord had started to reduce and he slowly started to regain feeling in his arms, hands and legs.
Six weeks post injury, laid flat in bed, Chris was fitted for his wheelchair. Although he had regained some movement back in his legs, it was still unknown if Chris would walk again.