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BMJ Case Reports 2015; doi:10.1136/bcr-2015-211100
  • CASE REPORT

Lifestyle changes of a family caring for a 25-year-old quadriplegic man after delayed spinal cord infarction

  1. Wajdi Safadi2
  1. 1Medical School for International Health, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel
  2. 2Department of General Surgery, Ziv Hospital affiliated to the Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee, Bar-Ilan University, Safed, Israel
  1. Correspondence to Baila Litwak, bailasl{at}gmail.com
  • Accepted 22 May 2015
  • Published 8 June 2015

Summary

Worldwide, 110–190 million people over the age of 15 years are estimated to live with severe disability—a physical state of being defined by the WHO as “the equivalent of disability inferred for conditions such as quadriplegia, severe depression, or blindness.” Modes and qualities of disability care undoubtedly vary globally, dependent on income, health infrastructure and culture. Quadriplegia has a unique set of emotional and physical challenges that demand a great deal from care regimens and health systems. This case study examines a specific—and successful—configuration of quadriplegic care in a Druze village in the Golan and looks to the economic, geographic and sociocultural aspects of care.

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