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One Degree of Separation:
Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injury in the United States


  • 54% of those who reported being paralyzed were males, while 46% were females.
  • 61% of those who reported being paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury were males, while 39% were females.
  • Males were nearly twice as likely (1.77) to incur a spinal cord injury as females.

    Paralysis and Military Service

    • 67,000 (7%) of respondents who said they became paralyzed as a result of an accident or injury reported the paralyzing accident or injury occurred while serving in the military.

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