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Brain Trauma

My husband was involved in a near fatal road traffic accident on the 28 February 2014. He suffered a lot of broken bones, punctured ribs and a main arterial bleed. Also quite a few vessels burst too. He was in a coma for two weeks and slowly came to but has had a lot of bad experiences and reports regarding his awareness. I need to understand what he is going through and would like some advise on what I can do to stimulate him as well as to encourage positive progress. He has an NHS physiotherapist who does very little physio with him so I got a private physiotherapist for passive stretches and building his core. He does not have an occupational therapist and I am trying various stimulation exercises as tolerated. I feel like I am working in the dark and need some guidance and assistance please.

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phone headway helpline,they provide lots of services and fantastic support.good luck


Hi Wendy


How willing is your hubby to be involved in and try the exercises for himself.?

Personally I cannot speak highly enough of NHS physios. The exercises the neuro rehab physiotherapist gives may seem like nothing to you ,but trust me on this one , they are really hard work when you have a brain injury.

Everything from learning how to move your eyes, swallowing, speaking, walking....you name it anything can be affected and I could only take on one exercise at a time.

Please get in touch with headway. They can help you to understand what is going on.

Love n hugs to you both



What a lovely encouragement. Thank you. My husband is very keen and looks forward to his private therapist because the guy does a lot of passive stretches first then sitting.

I have set up a community page on FB for him as well facebook.com/search/str/Bra...

I would love to hear more from you to understand what my husband is going through


Hi there

Shame, I understand how you must fee.

Try and get in touch with a Headway, if you have one near you. You will be able to go to a support group, and your husband will be able to join a befriending group.

It's so important to be able to mix with people who are also TBI. I know I have come a long way since I joined Headway, and it's so nice being able to mix with people like me.

All the best for his recovery


Thank you, will do as you suggest. It is great talking to people who know how Nigel feels and what he is going through. We are waiting for a WAV so that I can start to take him out and Headway will probably be on the list if we have one local to ourselves.



Cool. All the best. 😃😉


Hi there

Please try and see if you have a Headway near you.

You will be able to join a support group, and your husband, a befriending group.

I have come a long way since I joined Headway, and it's so nice being able to talk to people who are also recovering.

All the best for your husbands recovery. It's a long, slow process, but the good news is that the brain never stops healing!



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