Here are some of the most common questions we’re asked. If you still have a query, please contact us. There’s a list of some of the words and phrases used on the site in our Glossary.
The goal of Wings for Life is to cure spinal cord injury.
Wings for Life does not receive any government funding so we rely entirely upon private donations.
All administrative costs are covered by the founders. 100% of your donation goes to spinal cord research.
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Spinal cord injury is the consequence of a traumatic or ischemic event, which results in damage to cells within the spinal cord or a severance of the nerve tracts that relay signals up and down the spinal cord.
Severe SCI often causes paralysis (loss of control of movements and muscles of the body) and loss of sensation and reflex function below the point of injury, including autonomic activity and other activities such as bowel and bladder control.
While recent advances in emergency care and rehabilitation allow many SCI patients to survive, interventions to reduce the extent of injury in order to restore functions have not yet reached a clinical process.
There is no cure yet, but current research proves that spinal cord repair and regeneration is possible. More and more scientists around the world are confident that a putative cure for paralysis in humans could be as close as ten to twenty years away.
Research on trauma-related central nervous system (CNS) disorders, such as SCI, focuses on deeper scientific understanding of how changes in molecules, cells and their complex interactions determine the outcome of SCI.
Epidural stimulation is the application of a continuous electrical current to the lower part of the spinal cord.
Paralysis is an impairment or loss of movement and / or sensation, which is caused by impaired neuronal impulse conduction in the nervous system.
Complete injuries result in a total loss of sensation and function below the injury level (classified as ASIA A), whereas incomplete injuries result in partial loss (classified as ASIA B-D).