Spinal cord injuries are some of the worst accidents that can happen to you or your loved ones, but they are even more devastating when they happen to a teenager. Juvenile Justice Information Exchange tells the stories of three different teenagers who went to Shepherd Center, a rehabilitation center in Atlanta, for spinal cord injuries. There are two million brain or spinal cord injuries per year, according to the University of California’s Department of Neurological Surgery, so Shepherd Center attempts to spread tips for prevention of the injuries in addition to treatment. Their mission is to educate parents and children about the risks of diving into unknown bodies of water, proper techniques for tackling in football, and skateboard safety.
Connor Whitesell, 17, rode his dirt bike off his homemade ramp, and is now paralyzed from the chest down. Cody Holder, 16, dove into a shallow pool, and is regaining his ability to walk. Kristyn Osterhaus, 19, rode in a Jeep with drunk drivers and is paralyzed from the chest down. These teenagers are all thankful to be alive, and they offer advice to other teens who want to have a good time: know the consequences. While the summertime is fun for teenagers to let loose and enjoy themselves, make sure your teenager is aware of the consequences in order to make good choices.
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