Posted by: Idioma Extra | November 24, 2013

Multimedia Mondays


A Broken Body isn’t a Broken Person

Watch this inspiring TEDtalk about a woman who had been training for the Olympics when she was hit by a truck and her life changed.

Useful vocabulary:

paraplegic: a person who is permanently unable to move or feel the legs or lower half of the body because of injury or illness

brace: a piece of equipment used in a hospital for putting a liquid such as medicine directly into your body

vocal cords: the very thin muscles inside your throat that you use for making sounds

limp: a slow and awkward way of walking caused by an injury to a leg or foot

spinal cord: the inner part of your spine that contains nerves going from your brain to the other parts of your body

to stitch up: to use a needle and thread to close a large cut or wound on someone

drip: a piece of equipment used in a hospital for putting a liquid such as medicine directly into your body

vertebra: one of the small bones that are linked together to form the backbone (spine)

quadriplegic: a person who is permanently unable to move or feel both arms and both legs because of injury or illness

blood clot: a soft mass of almost solid blood that blocks a tube in your body

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