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Published: Monday, Aug. 1 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

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coltakashi
Richland, WA

The story described this noble woman as a "quadriplegic". Yet the photo makes it appear she has some use of her arms, which would better fit the definition of "paraplegic" would it not? At the very least, the story should address this apparent discrepancy.

whit_field
Ogden, UT

Meg is my wife and she is a quadriplegic. Many have the misconception that all quadriplegics can't move their arms, when in reality it means that all four limbs are affected. In Meg's case her hands don't work. It all depends on where you break your neck. Meg is at a high functioning level of quadriplegia with full use of her triceps and biceps but not her hands. Her paralysis level is from the chest down so she lacks the back and abdomen muscles that most paraplegics have. Though she does take being called a paraplegic as a complement.

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