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Otaku_Vengeance39 karma

Hello, Ramesh! Congratulations on your accomplishments!

Have you ever played any other sort of wheelchair sports? I played on the Saskatchewan Wheelchair Basketball team for many years..... I started when I was maybe 11 or 12 years old and continued until my mid twenties.

I was an able bodied individual but it was amazing seeing the kids I played with as a teenager grow into athletes who subsequently participated in quite a few Olympic games.

Edit: I'm also curious how your experience with healthcare in Canada was? My mother was a paraplegic by disease and my step father was a paraplegic via a trucking accident. From what I can tell they did not struggle (past tense implied) with anything other than the price of a new wheelchair.

For anyone reading this who does not have experience with fitted chairs... It is a process and costs a heck of a lot of money. A custom fitted titanium chair can cost a family up to and beyond $5000. Anything else such as proper cushions is an additional cost.

A RoHo that lasts you a few months is upwards of $100-200.

What many people do not realize is that paraplegics and quadriplegics spend most of their lives in these vehicles. A properly fitted chair is essential for reducing pressure sores, correcting posture and adding to the comfort of an individuals life. A poorly fitted wheelchair, such as those you find at the hospital, does not meet the requirements necessary if you need to LIVE in said chair.

Otaku_Vengeance4 karma

Holy molly. Good on you for your contributions to the handicap community.

Have you ever heard of Brad Hornung? You can read about him here. He is one of my father's best friends and an amazing individual. Mr. Hornung was injured during a WHL game. From the hockey fanatics I know, he was considered an up and comer who was compared to a young Wayne Gretzky in terms of his skill.

After his hockey injury he went on to get a degree, scout for the NHL and contribute to the community in terms of non profit organizations and as a motivational speaker.

I wish I had half the strength ya'll have.

Otaku_Vengeance1 karma

Good question