22 Famous Paraplegics  

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List of Famous People with Paraplegia, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Paraplegia is an impairment which causes paralysis in the lower limbs. Most people that become paraplegics have sustained serious spinal cord injuries. In some cases, paraplegia can be improved by extensive physical therapy and stem cell treatments.

Who is the most famous person with paraplegia? Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt tops our list. In 1921, Roosevelt contracted polio while on vacation in Canada. During the trip, Roosevelt fell into the water when he was boating. 16 days later he was paralyzed in both legs. Roosevelt did not like to be photographed in his wheelchair and he forced himself to learn to stand and walk short distances with the help of leg braces and a cane.

Hustler magazine founder Larry Flynt was paralyzed in an assassination attempt. Flynt was shot by a white supremacist who was outraged about an interracial photo that Flynt ran in Hustler. After the injury, Flynt became addicted to pain killers and suffered a stroke as a result of the addiction. Despite this, he does not think that his assailant should get the death penalty.

How do you think these famous people adapted to the loss of mobility in their legs? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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George Wallace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 22 Famous Paraplegics
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Politician George Wallace was paralyzed in an assassination attempt in 1972.

Age: Dec. at 79 (1919-1998)

Birthplace: Clio, Alabama, United States of America

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Sharry Konopski is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 22 Famous Paraplegics
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Model and actress Sharry Konopski became paralyzed in 1995 after she was involved in a car accident with some deer.

Age: 51

Birthplace: Longview, Washington, United States of America

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Deng Pufang is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 22 Famous Paraplegics
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Deng Pufang, vice-chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, was paralyzed after being thrown out a three story window in 1968.  He was being tortured by Chairman Mao's Red Guards for being a "capitalist roader."

Age: 74

Birthplace: Zuoquan County

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John Porter East is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 22 Famous Paraplegics
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Senator John Porter East became a paraplegic in 1955 when he contracted polio.

Age: Dec. at 55 (1931-1986)

Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States of America

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