Media release 28 May 2018 | Every year in New Zealand around 130 to 180 people are diagnosed with spinal cord impairment (SCI). This can happen through injury, congenital cause or through a medical problem. Spinal cord impairment can affect babies, children and adults. Because we know so much about how to treat SCI in the long term, most people will have a normal or near to normal life expectancy. However this brings huge complexity to the lives of people with SCI, their families and care-givers and to medical professionals supporting their care.