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Broken Backs

Everybody really worries about people who might have broken their back. This is because every part of your body is connected to your brain by some special wires called nerves that run from the brain, through the back bone. If someone breaks the bones in their back, they might also break these nerves, so the brain can’t communicate with the rest of the body.

If you move anyone who might have broken their back, you might make the damage worse, so that more stuff stops working- they might even stop breathing. If you do need to move anyone with a suspected broken back, make sure you do it carefully.

If someone stops breathing, you need to start the DRAB process, otherwise they will die.