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Sir Ludwig Guttmann

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    Sir Ludwig Guttmann

    Sir Ludwig "Poppa" Guttmann was founded The National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC) at Stoke Mandeville as the first hospital in the world treating spinal cord injury (SCI) in 1944. Thousands of SCI people, over the years since, owe their lives to this extraordinary genius of a man.
    In 2012 there will be a great deal of publicity about Guttmann being the founder of what are now the Paralympic games. To honour the man and his legacy, those who are grateful to the work of The NSIC and its founder a brilliant sculptor, Jacko (Mark Jackson) has been commissioned to create a life size bronze statue of “Poppa” to stand outside The NSIC. His website shows his amazing work and story.

    Linked to this will be an ongoing arts programme in the NSIC which, in true Guttmann tradition, will give patients the opportunity to try or develop new talents in the differing fields of art which may lead to a new career or pastime.

    Funding for the project will be invited from sponsorship, donations and public subscription.
    The unveiling of the statue will be at Stoke Mandeville in June 2012 with a reception for all former and existing patients and staff

    For those unfamiliar with Sir Ludwig Guttman (the father of SCI care) or the early history of SCI rehab and care, here are some further resources:

    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.