Young poet makes 'Happy List'

A teenage poet who sustained a brain injury shortly after birth has made the Independent on Sunday’s ‘Happy List’. Conceived as an antidote to materialistic ‘rich lists’, the annual feature celebrates 100 people whose endeavours make the country a more contented place. Adam Bojelian’s parents were told he had only 24 hours to live shortly after his birth. Today, the 13-year-old communicates by blinking, and dictates his award-winning poetry this way. The Edinburgh teenager has been hailed as one of the nation’s most promising emerging talents, and told the Brain Injury Hub: "I am really delighted to be included in the Happy List with so many other great people. "The reason why I write my poems is because I want to make people happy". Adam's mother, Zoe Bojelian said: "I am really proud of Adam for all he has achieved against the odds and the constant determination he shows." "It is also perhaps appropriate that we first realised Adam was blinking to communicate when he kept blinking along to 'If you're happy and you know it' at his play group when he was very small. "Adam could not physically clap his hands and do the other actions, but we and others noticed that he always blinked in time at the appropriate part of the song when the other children clapped their hands." Read the full story at the Independent on Sunday. Read Adam's blog and his poetry.
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