Londoners’ experiences of life-changing injuries

Jamie

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Brief outline: Jamie sustained a traumatic brain injury and a spinal injury when he was involved in a road traffic collision.

Background: Jamie used to run his own delivery business, but does not work now. He is single. He has carers who live with him and help him with his daily life. Ethnic background' White British/English.

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Jamie was travelling on his motorbike at more than double the speed limit when a car pulled out in front of him and they collided. He was taken to a local hospital where he was in a coma for about five months. Like other survivors of brain injury, he doesn’t remember his accident happening. 
 
When he was in a coma, a doctor told Jamie’s family that he might never talk again. However, he was able to speak when he came round and described his voice as childish. With the help of a speech and language therapist his voice improved. He is pleased that he proved the doctor wrong. 
 
Jamie explained that your brain is like “your computer” and after an injury it “doesn’t know how to behave or can’t behave, so you’re a broken PC”. His memory has been affected by his injury and says he forgets things all the time. He uses a wheelchair and has a couple of carers who are available to help him twenty-four hours a day. His care has been funded by his local council. 
 
After his injury Jamie’s relationship ended and his ex-girlfriend has now married someone else. He is pleased for her because he “loved her so much” and “wouldn’t want her to go through too much” by looking after him. 
 
As Jamie was involved in a road traffic collision, he was able to claim compensation. His parents found a personal injury lawyer who did this on his behalf. He used his compensation to buy a flat and have it adapted to suit his needs. 
 
He wants other survivors of brain injury to “keep motivated” and never “give up” because people can “survive anything”. 

 

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