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Accident recovery news – Brain injury survivor helps other victims

14th December 2011

At the time of the accident, the 31-year-old was forced to brake suddenly to avoid a van which had overtaken her in a dangerous manoeuvre. Her car skidded across the road where it collided with another vehicle.

She suffered serious head injuries which left her in a coma for three and a half weeks, but recovered her mobility and now helps other victims of brain injuries.

The chief executive of Headway, Peter McCabe, states, “As soon as you meet [her], you cannot fail to be impressed by her positive attitude and determination to help others.

“She has shown tremendous courage and strength to rebuild her life following the accident, and that recovery in itself is inspirational.

“Even more impressive, however, is her drive to help other people. By bravely sharing her deeply personal experiences of brain injury with medical professionals in order to improve the care and support others receive, she has done a huge amount to raise awareness of the often hidden effects of brain injury.”

Despite overcoming the negative effects of her brain injury and winning Headway’s award, the woman does not see herself as “special”, stating, “I just like helping”.

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