© Barbara Bucci

“I thought it was just a temporary situation”

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Barbara Bucci from Italy fell from a swing in 1987, aged only 11, leaving her tetraplegic.  

Please share with us how you sustained your spinal cord injury?
A fall from a swing in 1987, when I was only 11, caused me the slip of my cervical vertebrae, which injured my spinal cord at C4-C5 level.

What was your first thought after the accident?
I was just afraid because I couldn't move anything… but I thought it was a temporary situation.

How has your life changed since your injury?
Everything changed; I have not been able to do anything by myself since my injury.

Which are the biggest barriers in your everyday life?
The fact that I need others' help to do everything you have to do for your existence.

What are your dreams for the future?
I would say "walking again"… but after 27 years of quadriplegia I would be on top of the world if only I could regain the functional use of my arms and hands so I don't have to be assisted anymore.

What are your hopes for spinal cord injury research?
I would like research to shift even more towards chronic spinal cord injuries, because currently the majority of the clinical studies are focusing on relatively early time points after the injury.

How do you like the idea of the Wings for Life World Run?
I think it is a great event, no better way to raise money for research and highlight the problem of spinal cord injury, a pathology that involves serious consequences beyond the paralysis itself.

Will you take part or do you know some friends who take part?
I can't participate running at this event, but I signed up anyway so I contribute in making the research go ahead. So far none of my friends will take part... but I like to imagine that everyone in every part of the world will run for me as well.

Barbara is a member of the Cure Girls, a group of women from across the world who are living with spinal cord injury and share one mission: working towards a cure for spinal cord injury. Please find more information about the Cure Girls on their Website or Facebook page.

Thank you very much Barbara.

If you have sustained a spinal cord injury after an accident and are interested in sharing your personal story, just send a short and informal message to office@wingsforlife.com. We would be very pleased to hear from you.