On 9 January, the president of the Italian Paralymic Committee, Mr. Luca Pancalli stated on RAI’s (Italian Broadcasting Corporation’s) TG1 that:
“If I could live life again I would include my accident (which left me a quadriplegic). Happiness is wanting exactly what you already have.”
In response to this insulting statement made by a public personality, Ms. Loredana Longo, spokesperson for the Sruotiamoci CURE paralysis movement wrote a letter to Mr. Pancalli condemning his statement as counterproductive to cure research as it falsifies the daily suffering of those living with spinal cord injury.
Under the banner “Chronic spinal cord injury is a form of torture”, Italian cure activists are demanding that RAI give them the right of reply to show the reality of spinal cord injury.
In Ms. Longo’s own words, “To show that aside from living life from a wheelchair, we are forced to urinate from a catheter, use invasive methods to empty our bowels, and are subject to the effects of liver damaging drugs.”
In just two short days Italians have sent over 150 emails to RAI to back up their demands for a right of reply.
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THE SPINAL INJURY IS A FORM OF TORTURE… SIGN AND FIGHT WITH US FOR THE CURE!