Seb was travelling home with his brother and his dad, when he fell through the 'hair trigger' door of a faulty coach. He was dragged under the back wheel and had his right leg crushed, but his life was saved by passing medics who treated him at the roadside.
Following initial surgery where Seb’s leg needed to be amputated, Seb had two cardiac arrests resulting in brain injury. He was in a coma for several weeks and when he woke he couldn’t see, speak or move. After a long stay in hospital, and several operations, Seb moved to The Children’s Trust for three months intensive brain injury rehabilitation, to help him relearn how to eat, walk and talk again – skills he had lost because of the injury to his brain.
When he first arrived at The Children’s Trust, Seb was in a wheelchair and very fragile. He had vision problems. He was suffering from severe fatigue, with very little movement in his hands and fingers. His right side was very shaky with little control.
Within six weeks into the specialist rehabilitation programme, Seb started to get out of his wheelchair and stand for moments at time. His spirits lifted and his fun, cheeky personality shone through. With support and encouragement from The Children’s Trust Health Play Specialists, Seb became involved in games, team activities and sporting activities. Still coming to terms with his amputation, Seb was also able to go on day trips with the Play Team which helped to rebuild his confidence and his independence.