Teenager shares her experiences of life after traumatic brain injury to highlight Action for Brain Injury Week

A teenage girl who suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI) is helping to highlight the unseen effects of her injury as part of Action for Brain Injury Week.

In December 2014, Molly Goodchild was involved in a road accident as she was crossing the road outside her house. The annual campaign organised by Headway will run through to 14 May and has brain injury survivors, carers and families right at its heart - inviting them to share how brain injury has impacted their lives. In December 2014, Molly Goodchild was involved in a road accident as she was crossing the road outside her house. She was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital suffering from a number of injuries and broken bones, the most life threatening of which was the traumatic head injury. She was in a coma and her family were told to prepare themselves for the worst.  However, after receiving months of expert care at both the Royal London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital, Molly was in a position to move to The Children’s Trust in Tadworth, Surrey for intensive rehabilitation. She was able to return home in July 2015, but Molly had to adapt to life living with the effects of TBI. Molly, now aged 15, is lending her voice to Headway’s campaign: “I think a lot of people believe that if you’re out of hospital, you must be better, but brain injury recovery is so much more than learning to walk and talk again, which is enough of a challenge in itself. “I knew I had changed. I was in a wheelchair in the early days, but my desire to walk was so strong that I would often try and get out of my wheelchair impulsively. “I was very angry, not just about what had happened to me, but by the uncertainty about my future. "When I eventually went back to school, I wasn’t the same person I had been so didn’t just slot back into my old friendship groups. It was hard, not just for me but my family who were often the focus of my rage. “When you break bones, they ultimately heal and in most cases you can do exactly the same things you did before. With a brain injury, you can sometimes lose part of yourself and you have to learn how to be a new version of yourself. She added: “I think it’s important to talk about brain injury so people can understand how to deal with someone going through it – or their families who, while they may not be the ones injured, are still victims of the circumstances and need the support of those around them.”
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