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Spinal Cord Injury Association of Iceland Established

The Spinal Cord Injury Association of Iceland began operations yesterday with the purpose of collecting funds for research on spinal cord injuries and experimental surgery on the victims of such incurable injuries.

According to a press release from the new association, therapy for spinal cord injuries has stagnated, having not changed much for about 50 years, while therapy for many other diseases has taken giant leaps forward like the realization of successful organ transplants, ruv.is reports.

About four million people around the world suffer from injuries to their spinal cords because of accidents. Sixteen individuals suffered such injuries in Iceland last year.

The Spinal Cord Injury Association of Iceland was founded by registered nurse Audur Gudjónsdóttir, who suffered spine injuries in a car accident 20 years ago, and her daughter Hrafnhildur Thoroddsen.

The association is supported by the Ministry of Health, the local authorities in Seltjarnarnes, a suburb of Reykjavík, and financial companies Exista and FL Group.

Former President of Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is the association’s patroness.

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