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Paraplegia is paralysis of the legs and lower half of the body. It happens when the spinal cord is damaged. Sometimes, they are kept alive by a life-support machine. It sometimes happens to people because they get a disease.[1]

Superior paraplegia is a type of paraplegia where people cannot use their arms and the top of their body.[2]

A person who has paraplegia is sometimes called a paraplegic.[1]


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  2. Robert Jean Campbell (2009). Campbell's Psychiatric Dictionary. Oxford University Press. pp. 723. ISBN 978-0-19-534159-1 . Retrieved 12 September 2013.