Claes Hulting received the award because “throughout his career he was driven by the desire to help others, often people who are at the bottom and have lost hope of a meaningful life, to be able to have a family and see a future.” “. The justification also stated: “Where others see the glass as half empty, Claes Hulting sees the glass as half full. When Claes broke his neck, nearly forty years ago, he refused to give up and became a pack. He retrained as a rehabilitation physician and has since been working purposefully for the medical and human rights of people who use wheelchairs. He helped establish the Spinalis Clinic and continues to work clinically. The idea was to smell like olive oil and garlic instead of urine and disinfectant. Claes later began similar activities in African countries and, for example, earned a doctorate on how men with paralysis could father their biological children. Claes Hulting has just turned 70 and he never gives up.
– What I seek is to instill hope for a life worth living after injury. It means great added value when I meet with our patients to get my own experience and learn what it is like to suffer a spinal cord injury. It’s about credibility, says Claes Hulting in a press release from Fryshuset, which awards the award.
Claes Hulting is the founder of the Spinales Foundation and the Spinales Clinic. Today the Spinales Foundation also has two clinics in Africa – in Botswana and Namibia.
International work gave life a different perspective. It was important to me.
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