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Stoke Mandeville's 'Poppa' Guttmann Remembered as Father of Paralympic Games

Poppa Guttmann bust

10:43am 25th June 2012

The man who staged the first ever Paralympic Games at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1948, Dr Ludwig Guttman will now be at every games in the future.

It's after a specially comissioned bust of the neuro-surgeon was given to the International Paralympic Committee on Sunday, after an unveiling and celebration at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

Ludwig 'Poppa' Guttmann encouraged disabled people, particularly injured servicemen and women, to take part in sport as part of their rehabilitation. Guttmann founded the spinal injuries unit at Stoke Mandeville hospital, which is now world renowned.

A second, life sized statue of the man was also unveiled in the ceremony on Sunday.

'Poppa' Guttmann's daughter, Eva Loeffler OBE, and his son Dr Dennis Guttmann were at the special unveiling. They are both pictured below with the statue which will be on permanent display at the spinal injuries unit:

Poppa Guttmann Statue Unveiling

Poppa Guttmann statue daughter Eva

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