I'm new to the forum, on Wednesday the 16th August our lives were turned upside down.
My youngest son aged 24 who already has a learning disability was run over whilst crossing the road at a zebra crossing near our home.
Josh's disability is communication based, he has a significant speech and language disorder and at the age of 19 a clinical psychology report diagnosed an IQ of 55. He went to schools for children with severe communication difficulties and was taught to speak. At 19 years old he went to a specialist residential college whilst there he received extensive road safety and transport training. He has crossed at that crossing every day for the last 5 years without issue.
He was treated at the scene by the air ambulance crew and transferred to a specialist neurological unit in Sheffield, he was in intensive care for 5 days and then transferred to another hospital for surgery to repair a tear in his diaphragm as his small intestines had moved up into his chest.
Last Thursday he was transferred to our local hospital to their Nuero rehab unit and has been in there just over a week.
We were told initially that he had a significant bleed on his brain and the centre of his brain was swelling and that his injury's were critical and life threatening. The following day a top Neurologist looked at his scans and saw a different picture, what that was I am not sure, but they removed the sedation and by 4pm the day after the accident he was breathing on his own. He has not had to have any surgery to help the swelling which I believe is positive.
Reading his notes (maybe not a good thing to do especially when a Doctor catches you :)) it stated that his injury's were a subdural and subarachnoid hemorrhage.
He is walking albeit not as he walked before he has significant weakness in his right side, and his speech is what it was around 10 years ago. He is not making eye contact when he speaks and is not my happy smiley boy (understandably)
The Doctors are pleased with his progress and he is having speech, physio and occupational therapy daily.
What I would like to know from the community is if anyone has been in a similar situation and what their recovery or their family members recovery was. We know it is going to be a long journey, we are not afraid for hard work we have fought tooth and nail for the last 23 years since his initial diagnosis to ensure he could reach his full potential and have the best possible life.
Thanks in advance for any advise and support you maybe able to offer