Mitchell, traumatic brain injury
At CCMS, we have our own Lockdown Legend who has kept us entertained and inspired during the Covid 19 pandemic, we felt he was just too good to keep to ourselves and he and his Mum have agreed for us to share him with you.
Mitchell sustained a traumatic brain injury at age 9yrs, he had subsequent years of debilitating epilepsy which proved difficulty to control but eventually, thanks to the expert support from the neurology team, his epilepsy was sufficiently controlled. Mitchell then regained sufficient health and well-being and began to make some fantastic progress with rehabilitation… and boy does he have energy.
Prior to the pandemic, he participated in a wide range of activities including attending college, farm experience, gym/boxing training, cycling and outdoor activity weekends to name a few. We were worried how he would cope with the loss of activity and change in routine caused by the pandemic, but he has risen to this new challenge and shares his activities with us regularly.
The team around Mitchell have established remote sessions to support him with his continued rehabilitation in SLT, Physio and OT, including IT support to facilitate this. We have provided support to safely engage in regular outdoor personal training sessions and bike rides. This is nothing compared to the energy, creativity and dedication Mitchell’s mum has always demonstrated but we still marvel at how she has sustained this energy throughout recent weeks, both Mum and Son always remain in such high spirits.
Mitchell entertains his neighbours each week at ‘Clap for Carers’ and has recently completed a refurbishment project of his Great Grandparents memorial bench with such care and attention. These photos are just a small example of his (and his Mums) achievements, please click on the link for a special message from Mitchell himself.
Ryan, 19, significant brain injury
Ryan is a young man who sustained a significant brain injury and other physical injuries in 2016. Ryan needed to learn to walk and talk again and was unable to use his dominant right arm due to a dense hemiplegia; he would struggle to even pick up a tissue.
Ryan has worked with his Case Manager, Lauren and Therapy Team to rehabilitate following his injury and has showed an incredible attitude to his recovery, always working as hard as possible to achieve the best results. Ryan has had to re-learn basic life skills such as brushing his teeth, taking a drink of water or communicating a simple sentence to another person.
Now at age 19, Ryan has come so far in his rehabilitation journey. He enjoys adapted skiing and cycling, attends the gym and has been support to return to education where he is undertaking a Art Course at College.
Ryan’s Art work is fantastic; he has used his once severely weakened right hand to help create these incredible pieces and Lauren was keen to share his talent and the wonderful progress he has made.