This page was set up to support Geraldine Lavelle, a 27-year-old woman, who sustained serious injuries sustained in a cycling accident in October 2013.
As a result of this accident, Geraldine suffered a C6 spinal cord fracture that left her paralysed from her chest down. Having spent several weeks in the Mater Hospital in Dublin, where she underwent major surgeries on her neck and spine, Geraldine then spent 9 months in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in 2014 undergoing intensive rehabilitation.
Geraldine, a Science major who who graduated with first class honours Masters degree in Neuroscience as well as first class honours BSc in Physiology, refuses to accept her medical prognosis. Constant advancements in the fields of Science, Medicine and Technology make Geraldine confident and expectant that she will one day walk again. In order to achieve this objective, Geraldine keeps up to date with innovative research treatments and procedures internationally, which could further enhance SCI mobility and recovery in the future.
Meanwhile, Geraldine is rebuilding her life post SCI. When she is not working as a lecturer, she is a keen fitness and sports person. Geraldine, a TEC qualified gym instructor and world gold and silver medallist winner for kickboxing, Geraldine continues to maintain an active sports life post-SCI. Geraldine enjoys hand-cycling, paddle boarding and horse-riding to name but a few.
This page was set up to assist Geraldine with rebuilding her life post SCI, which requires substantial effort on her part in terms of specialised equipment and communications technology, intensive physiotherapy and occupational therapy, as well as enormous physical, emotional and financial support.
Any contributions raised by The Geraldine Lavelle Trust Fund are greatly appreciated and go directly to Geraldine’s rehabilitation and medical needs.
Three independent Trustees are in place to monitor and oversee contributions raised through this Trust. Please note that trustees are not family members.
Message from Geraldine about her new Spinal Cord Injury blog:
Hi! I am a C6 spinal cord injured lady three years post injury and I am living alone, working and doing day to day tasks with minimal assistance.
Check out my new blog on Spinal Cord Injury Blog, where I offer friendly advice and support to newly injured spinal cord people and their families. From issues of exercise, transferring, personal grooming, clothes etc and showing ways of relearning day to day tasks we took for granted in the past. I will also provide links to products and services that I have found useful to my own progress.
Please note: I am not a medic and you should always consult your GP or consultant first before trying anything suggested on this website. All SCI's are different and what works for me may not necessarily work for everyone, depending on different health issues. Spinal cord injuries are so unique to each individual. However, please feel free to comment if you know about something that may have helped you in regaining some of your independence post-SCI.
Bio: I have a Masters in Research NUIG Graduate tutoring Health Science and Physiology students. Research area is Neuroscience. I also hold a first class honours degree in Physiology from NUIG, with twelve years experience in quality standard adherence, GMP and GLP and two years experience working in a global healthcare organization. I have a problem-solving mind focused on quality with proven team working skills.
Currently, I am a Masters in Research NUIG Graduate tutoring Health Science and Physiology students. Research area is Neuroscience. I also hold a first class honours degree in Physiology from NUIG with twelve years experience in quality standard adherence, GMP and GLP and two years experience working in a global healthcare organization. I have a problem solving mind focused on quality with proven team working skills.