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    Paraplegic girl found 'in pool of blood' after attack by rats in bed.

    The stuff of nightmares.

    paraplegic teenage girl in northern France was found in a pool of blood after being attacked in her bed by rats which bit and scratched her hundreds of times.
    The 14-year-old, who was defenceless in her medical bed when the attack occurred last Friday night, suffered 225 wounds all over her body, including her face. Several of her finger tips were gnawed off.
    Police in the city of Roubaix, close to the Belgian border, were told last Sunday by hospital staff that the disabled girl, known only as Samantha, had been admitted.
    An examination by a forensic pathologist determined that the injuries were caused by rats which swarmed her as she lay on her bed, according to local newspaper la Voix du Nord.
    The girl's father has filed a complaint against the landlord of the house and against the city, saying that he had repeatedly asked them to remove a pile of rubbish bins left in a nearby car park, the police source said.
    Speaking to La Voix du Nord, the father said that his daughter had spent the night in her special bed on the ground floor, as usual. "When at 7pm on Saturday we went to see her, Samantha was lying in a pool of blood," he is cited as saying.

    The father of three thought his daughter had been the victim of a violent break-in. "She was bleeding from her ears, I thought she'd had a brain haemorrhage. I had the fright of my life," he said.
    He explained that she was far less sensitive to pain due to her condition. "She must have felt the rats on her but didn't have the presence of mind to call us," he said.
    "She's received a battery of vaccines. Her fingertips have been gnawed off. It's not operable," he said. Her life is not now in danger and there are no signs of rabies.
    The doctors told him the attack was very rare. "Rats practically only attack dead people," he said.
    A preliminary investigation has been opened to examine "housing conditions contrary to human dignity", the prosecutor's office told AFP.
    The town hall of Roubaix and the landlord were not immediately available for comment.

    I read this on REDDIT and it made no sense. How does a paraplegic lose parts of fingers and not swat the things away? I tweeted the BBC and asked if they even knew what paraplegia even means ...
    Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

    T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12


      It seems that everyone I talk to (medical people) think if you move your arms at all, you're a paraplegic. I have to explain every time.
      Last edited by Scott C4/5; 9 Sep 2017, 8:51 PM.


        In Europe the generic medical term for people with SCI was "paraplegic" for many years. The first professional journal for healthcare providers (published in England initially) was called "Paraplegia" and even the first physicians' organization in the USA was called the APS (American Paraplegia Society).

        Keep in mind also, that people with paralysis from other conditions than just SCI may be referred to as having tetraplegia (quadriplegia) or paraplegia...such as people with CP, MD, etc. or even some types of strokes and brain injury. Note that the article in the French papers said she was also unable to speak, so could not call out to her family for help.

        Last edited by SCI-Nurse; 9 Sep 2017, 8:09 PM.
        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.


          How horrible. It reminds me of the 1972 Horror film "Ben".

          Last edited by tumbleweeds; 9 Oct 2017, 3:48 PM.