Brain Injuries

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Brain Injuries

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EPISODE 5 Wed 15 Mar
How do families manage acquired brain injuries?

Meet The Guests

Katie Cummins

“We push the boundaries, so we don't let her get away with anything … We do all these things to help her to make sure that she will be her potential.”

Shane Cummins

“[Isabelle’s] never going to be the way she was. That day I realised I’d lost my little girl. We've still got a beautiful daughter, don't get me wrong, [but] ….”

Leola Small

“You can’t see my injury, but there is something very broken inside.” 

Mervyn Small

"Saying goodbye to your partner and not knowing a) if she's going to live and b) what sort of person she's going to come back as, was probably one of the hardest things I've had to do."

Lisa Bryant

“I’m not going to give up on my daughter. She’s going to get better.” 

Zeke Collins

“My sister was probably the closest person to me in my life, and as my big sister she cared for me. And I guess in some ways it’s now the other way round. It’s been hard … it’s changed my life completely.” 

Mark Toomey

“[My son Geoff] and I can have quite significant conversations now that we couldn't previously have about lifestyle, about the future.”

Professor Perminder Sachdev

“Many brain injury units focus a lot on physical rehabilitation but there is the other aspects  of rehabilitation which relates to cognitive function and emotional function of the individual. Often that is not catered to as well.”

Associate Prof Grahame Simpson

“The brain is such a complex organism and so it depends what parts of the brain are damaged, it depends on the type of damage that occurs, how much recovery the brain can make.” 

Samantha Grant, psychologist

“It’s important to have your own life.  You need to have a separation from that situation. You can’t be there 24/7, no matter how  much you love the person.”

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