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Claire was sent home twice more but woke 17 days after the bite with a paralysed face.
He had reportedly stabbed a school friend who was paralysed as a result.
Taunton-based Lucy Shuker, 32, paralysed from the chest down after a motorbike accident in 2001, and Jordanne Whiley, 20, of Halesowen, West Mids, became Britain's first women to win a wheelchair tennis medal, taking bronze.
Paddy, 56, and Janice, 52, rushed to be at her side and a surgeon broke the devastating news to her family she was paralysed.
There are plenty like him: Mohammed Ali, paralysed from the waist down by polio, who was abandoned by his parents at the age of three and is now training for a BA in fine arts; Siva Prasad, unable to walk because of polio and taking a computer course; and Devendran, a labourer, who broke his back falling from a building but miraculously can still walk, albeit slowly, and is retraining as a tailor.
The 22-year-old was paralysed from the chest down in a freak accident while playing football in his lunch hour.
A team from the University of San Paulo in Brazil, led by Tarciscio Barros, said after treatment 12 out of 30 patients responded to electrical stimulation of their paralysed limbs.
Brazilian scientists claim to have been successful in restoring feeling to patients who had been paralysed for two years or more, by harvesting their stem cells and then putting them back into the body.
Lord Tebbit escaped with minor injuries but his wife was paralysed after being trapped for four hours.
Khawahir, as a 14-year-old, had stabbed his friend in the back in 2003, rendering him paralysed from the waist down.
Bryan Davies, of Bala, was paralysed while playing in his last-ever game for the town's rugby team in April.
Maria Freeman, 38, of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, was left paralysed and wheelchair-bound after a van knocked her car off the M1 in February 2002.