National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, England, UK
The date 26 November 1965 was one of the most important days of my life. I participated in the creation of the first Spinal Cord Injury Unit in Spain.
This was possible thanks to the tremendous efforts, courage and perseverance of my patient and good friend Guillermo González Gilbey, who has honoured me by naming this unit “Institut Guttmann”.
The opening ceremony was very emotional and I am sure that everyone who attended understood the meaning of “Paraplegia.” As I said in my speech (in perfect Spanish) the Barcelona Spinal Centre, under the direction of Guillermo González Gilbey and Dr Miguel Sarrias Domingo, will overcome all difficulties and I have no doubt that it will become one of the best centres of its kind in the world.
Best wishes for a great future!