Teenager's television appearance to talk about his brain injury

Ryan Smith wasn’t wearing a helmet when he had a bike accident.

The 17-year-old appeared on ITV’s This Morning on Friday, where he and his dad, Mark were interviewed about Ryan’s journey since sustaining his brain injury in July 2013. Ryan initially struggled to say many words for months after waking up from his coma. However during his interview he was able to tell presenters, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford that he had “come on leaps and bound.” Watch the interview here. Mark spoke to the presenters when Ryan found it difficult to continue talking. Learn about the fatigue that often comes as a result of a brain injury. Mark, who has been fundraising and growing awareness of helmet safety since Ryan’s accident, explained that although Ryan had improved a lot, there was still a long way to go. Ryan returned home in September after nine months receiving rehabilitation at The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. During his time in rehabilitation, he relearned how to speak and eat and began to take his first steps again. The family home has been specially adapted to meet Ryan’s new needs; widened doors for his wheelchair and equipment and apparatus fitted for ongoing therapy. A guide to rehabilitation at home. Mark has been extremely proactive in using Ryan’s story to encourage other young people to use helmets when cycling. He was recently nominated for a Pride of Britain Award which you can read about here. 
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