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Monday 11 December 2017

'It was scariest thing ever' - rugby player tells of battle to walk again

Carmel Creaven diagnosed with Spinal Shock syndrome
Carmel Creaven diagnosed with Spinal Shock syndrome
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

A brave woman has told of her battle to learn how to walk again following a devastating injury she suffered playing rugby.

Carmel Creaven (24) from Tuam, Co Galway, was playing with her local team Tuam Ladies RFC on January 8 when she was knocked unconscious.

She has been diagnosed with Spinal Shock syndrome - a rare condition characterised by loss of feeling or sensation with motor paralysis.

"I don't remember it [the incident]. I woke up and was in and out of consciousness," she said.

"I had no sensation in my legs or arms. I was thinking 'God will I be able to move again?' It was the scariest thing ever."

After just over a week in hospital in Galway, where she had to learn how to walk again, Ms Creaven was discharged but relapsed less than two weeks later and completely lost the movement in her arms and legs.

"I'm improving day by day. I can walk now with a crutch but I can't bend my knees, so I'm not walking properly," she said.

She is awaiting a place in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire. Her teammates have set up a fundraiser to raise €5,000 to help cover ongoing therapies for Ms Creaven.

Irish Independent

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