David, 20 – Traumatic Brain Injury

When our twenty year old son suffered a traumatic brain injury, the doctors doubted whether he would survive the first twenty four hours and even if he would, we were warned that his prognosis was very poor.

It was unlikely that he would ever regain his speech or mobility and would probably require full time care for the rest of his life.

Two long years have passed since that day and we know that David is only where he is today due to Bikur Cholim.

Whilst our family and friends rallied around us during the crisis, it was Bikur Cholim’s support workers who were there for us through thick and thin and supported us in navigating the endless bureaucracy which became a new way of life.

Our support worker was with us at all discharge planning meetings, arranged for volunteer rotas to assist with physiotherapy and speech and language exercises, and supported us to access all the statutory entitlements such as DLA and a care package from Hackney Social Care.

Our support worker advised us about adaptations to our home and how to make it more accessible for David. She also helped us make an application for a Disability Scooter which has just been delivered.