How Joey’s love of art helped his recovery after stroke

Almost three years after a haemorrhagic stroke, Joey has persevered with his dream of being an artist. He shares his advice for young people getting back to their passion after a brain injury.

Published October 2021

Joey was 10 years old when he had a haemorrhagic stroke caused by a ruptured Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). Now a teenager, he completed his most recent rehabilitation placement at The Children’s Trust in May 2021. In this video, he talks about his love of drawing, learning to draw again with his non-dominant hand and, with the help of his mum Karen, shares some of his most recent work with us.

“As soon as I picked up a pencil, I just knew that I loved to draw!”


Joey's drawing

“Just keep trying to do something you love, whether it’s art or whether it’s something else, just keep trying. Even if you can’t do it – keep trying.”

You can find out more about Joey’s story here.    

Residential rehabilitation

The Children's Trust offers a range of residential brain injury rehabilitation services for children and young people with acquired brain injury (ABI).