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    'Superman' Star Reeve Dies at Age 52

    Reeve's Final Days

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    MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. (AP) - "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve, who turned personal tragedy into a public crusade and from his wheelchair became the nation's most recognizable spokesman for spinal cord research, has died. He was 52.

    Reeve died Sunday of complications from an infection caused by a bedsore. He went into cardiac arrest Saturday, while at his Pound Ridge home, then fell into a coma and died Sunday at a hospital surrounded by his family, his publicist said.

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  • #2
    It seems even more tragic that it was a bedsore, something that can be avoided by use of the proper cushioning beneath the patient's posterior, that took Christopher Reeve down. Yet, he lived longer than doctors thought he would. On the face of it, the man was paralyzed. So, why did he look increasingly disfigured? Someone asked this recently and the answer is that first and foremost, the body tends to atrophy when it does not get proper movement of the limbs. Then, natch, when we don't exercise we put on weight in the torso. Complicating his paralysis, which because of the vertebrae affected required him to be on a ventilator to help him breathe, the medications he was on to ease his increasingly failing body functions including breathing, caused edema, swelling and bloat or hair loss and calcium/skeletal problems. And, while I would prefer to remember Christopher Reeve in his prime, it seems a great injustice to him; because his most valuable contribution to society was not as an entertainer and leading man in the movies, but his advocacy for advances in spinal cord injury treatment. God bless you, Christopher; and God bless your lovely wife and family. You were, indeed, a Super Man!

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    • #3
      I do the kind of riding he did when he was hurt and I think about him every time I go out. I have him in my heart because I understand how dangerous this sport can be and I also know the way it gets in your blood, particularly cross country jumping. The relationship we can develop with a horse to the point of really understanding him and being "at one" with him and trusting him and he trusts you. But yet, it is easy to forget sometimes exactly how powerful they are and how it does not take more than a split second for a disaster to occur if either of you lose your concentration or your balance. Not to mention the fact that he is by nature a flight animal and can be distracted by what can sometimes seem like the tiniest thing.
      I know that C.R. inspires me and he also has shown me the importance of NOT competing beyond my training level. He was certainly more courageous than I am.
      Last edited by Pony; 10-12-2004, 10:33 AM.
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      • #4
        Being from Krypton myself, I too, will miss him.
        Last edited by Kiwehnzii; 10-12-2004, 12:38 PM.


        • #5
          Originally posted by Kiwehnzii
          Being from Kryton myself, I too, will miss him.
          lol Ki... :Chatter


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