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Charlotte Merle-Smith is a 32 year old horseback rider who is paralyzed from an incomplete spinal cord injury she experienced nine years ago in an ATV accident. The near death experience was caused when her ATV flipped over on top of her and folded her body the in the wrong direction at the waist dissecting her carotid artery, breaking four ribs, causing a traumatic brain injury and incomplete spinal cord injury at T8. After enduring years of rehab and physical therapy, C.M. now focuses on physical rehab and has relearned how to horseback ride, handcycle and has won the Burlington, VT city marathon. C.M. was a runner up for the 2016 Rio special olympic equestrian qualifying team and is an active advocate for the disabled.
Paralyzed, Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury, Dissected Carotid Artery, Traumatic Brain Injury, Paralympics, Motor Vehicle Accident, MVA, Case Study, Narrative Medicine
Medicine and Health Sciences
UNE Office of Research and Scholarship; D'Apice, Michael; Shepard, Samantha; and Mitchell, Morgan, "Charlotte Merle-Smith: Injury Induced Neuropathic Pain" (2015). Pain Narrative Videos. 16.