Mum’s film on acquired brain injury wins UKABIF Film Award 2021 

'A Freak Accident', by Nicola Leyland, tells her son Isaac’s story following his ABI at the age of eight. 

Published on: 19/11/21

Mum Nicola Leyland has won the UKABIF Film Award 2021 for her film ‘A Freak Accident’. 

The animation tells Isaac’s story. Isaac had a brain injury aged eight years when he was kicked in the head by a horse. The film documents the challenges the family faced and Isaac’s journey to significant recovery.

Nicola’s UKABIF Film Award was announced at the organisation’s Time for Change summit

The annual award recognises a short film, of no more than three minutes, that raises awareness of the benefits of neurorehabilitation following an acquired brain injury.

Following his brain injury, Isaac received support from The Children’s Trust’s Brain Injury Community Service. In 2018, Nicola blogged on the alternative perspective to brain injury, and how this approach helped Isaac move forward, and spoke to Radio Oxford about Isaac’s recovery. Nicola also shared Isaac’s story in 2015.

The UKABIF Film Award is sponsored by Elysium Neurological. 

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The Children's Trust Brain Injury Community Service provides specialist goal-orientated neurorehabilitation delivered in the child's environment. Our ultimate goal is to maximise the child's participation in everyday life.