Young woman who suffered a potentially fatal brain virus has gained qualifications

encephalitis survivorBecky Groves has been living with the effects of her brain injury since the age of 12 when she woke up from a coma after doctors had turned off her life-support machine.

Now, 22, she has gained qualifications and is hoping to get into the world of work. Her brain injury was as a result of the potentially fatal brain virus, encephalitis that even medical experts thought she had no chance of surviving. Doctors said the virus had caused such severe brain damage that Becky would be in a permanent vegetative state. Her relatives were warned she was in grave danger and only had limited time left. However, two weeks later Becky woke up. Find out why Becky is the inspiration behind The Supercar Event! Having had to learn to walk and talk again after suffering severe brain damage from the virus, the 22-year-old has now attained a GCSE and 16 vocational qualifications. Becky, from Crawley, said: "When I woke up from my coma I had lost the ability to walk, talk or do anything myself." Returning to education following brain injury: support and advice here.  She receieved rehabilitation at The Children's Trust, the UK's leading charity for children with brain injury.  "They helped me learn to do things once again," she said "They were brilliant even when I had a bad day and didn't want to learn." Becky now also has epilepsy and behavioural problems since sustaining her brain injury. Her mum, Joanne Emery, said: "Becky is progressing so well. "She has now finished her further education at Young Epilepsy having gained a GCSE in art and 16 ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) qualifications in subjects such as floristry. "It has been Becky's dream to be a beautician but that is something she is unable to push on with at the moment because she still suffers with seizures. "The next step is for us to get her a placement at a day centre where she can become more independent, learn skills such as cooking and socialise with other people. "She wants to start working and we are looking to get her a volunteering role at The Children's Trust's charity shop in Crawley to begin with." Mrs Emery, 44, added: "When I think back to where we were at Christmas in 2005 it seems like an entirely different world. "We were fighting to get her home and now she has had a boyfriend for the last year and is looking to hopefully get a job. "It has been hard but Becky really has adjusted and is looking forwards. "To anybody who doesn't know what Becky has gone through she just looks like any other young woman because you cannot physically see her disability."
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