Teenager Paralyzed in River Accident
Details about the Teenager and the Awareness Campaign
Two years ago, in New Braunfels, Texas, 17-year-old Logan Longoria had his life changed forever. Logan became a quadriplegic after he dived into the Comal River after the river had flooded and hit his head on a rock. Logan stated that right before the accident “I was just above the tube shoot. I took a dive in the wrong area and I hit a rock,” Logan said. “I remember diving in, seeing a white flash and I couldn’t move.”
Logan and his family were told that he would never be able to move again; however, Logan has been beating the odds stacked against him. Logan can still use his laptop and his cell phone with the help of a mouthpiece attached to a rod. He said he’s getting good at playing video games that way. His goal is to keep improving, while continuing to speak up about the hardships of spinal cord injuries.
He still can’t do anything for himself, however, and his parents are his main caretakers. “Trying to cook for him, turn him, get him dressed, get him in his chair, trying to bathe him, take him to the emergency room if something happens, and trying to hold a job, it’s hard,” said Carmen Longoria, Logan’s mom.
Even though Logan is in this situation he still keeps a positive attitude about it and wants to help others stay safe this summer so they do not end up in the same situation as him. KSAT 12 News in San Antonio is reporting that the Longoria family is helping organize a 5,400-kilometer walk around the country to raise money for families living with spinal cord injury costs and care. The Walk for SCI Recovery starts in Carlsbad, California, in April 2017 and will go through Phoenix, Amarillo, Dallas, and eventually to New York. The Longoria family hopes anyone interested will get involved.
Important Information about Spinal Cord Injuries
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center at UAB, there are hundreds of thousands of people currently living with spinal cord injuries in the United States:
- Researchers have estimated that, as of 2015, there are 12,500 new SCI occur each year and between 240,000 and 337,000 people are currently living with SCI in the United States.
- The average age at injury has moved from 29 years in the 1970’s to 42 years in 2015.
- 52% of people with spinal cord injuries are considered paraplegic and 47% quadriplegic.
- 82% of people who experience spinal cord injuries are male.
- 56% of injuries occur between the ages of 16 and 30.
- Length of initial hospitalization following injury in acute care units: 15 days.
- Average stay in rehabilitation unit: 44 days.
- Initial hospitalization costs following injury: $140,000.
- Average first year expenses for a SCI injury (all groups): $198,000.
- First year expenses for paraplegics: $152,000.
- First year expenses for quadriplegics: $417,000.
- Average lifetime costs for paraplegics, age of injury 25: $428,000.
- Average lifetime costs for quadriplegics, age of injury 25: $1.35 million.