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‘Think First’ program urges young people to be aware of swimming, diving dangers to prevent spinal injury

WTNH, Channel 8 News
by: Lisa Carberg
Posted: Jul 1, 2021

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — July is the month when the most spinal cord accidents happen. The victims are mostly men in their 20’s diving into water that is too shallow or dangerous according to Megan Palmer who runs a Diving Danger Awareness Program from Gaylord Specialty Healthcare called “Think First.”

Gaylord is a top facility for caring for paraplegic patients.

Ryan Rosario of Meriden has been going to Gaylord since his diving accident left him paralyzed from the neck down in 2007.