Limerick students document hurler’s paralysis struggle

Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

A GROUP of final year media students in Mary Immaculate College have documented the moving story of former Cork dual player Jamie Wall and his recovery from a spinal injury.

Jamie, a former student of the college, had enjoyed success as a major player in the Rebels 2010 All-Ireland minor football team that lost to Tyrone.

He also played for three years on the U-21 team, while also claiming a place on the 2012 and 2013 U-21 hurling squads.

However he was cruelly struck down with a spinal injury in June of last year.

After suffering from “a dull pain” in the middle of his back that quickly worsened, Jamie was diagnosed with an epidural abscess on the spine, which has since left him paralysed from the midriff down.

The bravery demonstrated by Jamie in the documentary of his battle to resume at the very least the ability to walk has won him admirers all over the country.

The makers of the documentary said: “Jamie has persevered as an inspirational and motivational character who never gives up and is constantly striving to get back to his full health.

“Having to go through such adverse challenges yet maintaining and continuing in perseverance with an amazing positive attitude continues to not only inspire and touch those who know him but has also embraced the wider community with his passion and strength to keep battling forward.”

To view the documentary, go to Jamie’s blog on