Scott's story

Scott Breslin was 16-years-old when he became the victim of an unprovoked knife attack leaving him paralysed from the neck down. 

Scott, now 27, was travelling home from a party in the southside of Glasgow. Following a confrontation in the street with a group of youths, Scott was stabbed in the neck as he tried to escape the trouble. After spending three days in intensive care, Scott was told that the knife had severed his spinal cord and he would never walk again.

Devastating consequences

Scott remained in the Southern General Hospital Spinal Unit for nine months as he undertook a strenuous rehabilitation programme and waited to be re-housed in accommodation suitable for his needs.

For Scott, it has been a long and difficult struggle to come to terms with his disability. With his independence gone he relies heavily on round-the-clock care. Simple actions including getting up and dressed in the morning can take over two hours. He takes various medications to deal with the constant pain and suffers muscle wastage due to being confined to a wheelchair.

Impact that lasts a lifetime

Scott continues to live a positive, inspiring and fulfilling life and hopes to make a difference to others. He has gone back into education and is now into his third year of university studying Business Studies at the University of the West of Scotland.

Scott is supporting the No Knives, Better Lives campaign and the work that it does throughout communities in Scotland, educating young people on the dangers and devastating consequences that carrying a knife can bring.

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