Jasmine is supporting The Children's Trust's Extraordinary Music Box Appeal

A purple box wrapped with a yellow bow. The symbol of the Extraordinary Music Box Appeal by The Children's Trust.Jasmine's Story

Jasmine was just eight years old when a road traffic accident left her with life changing injuries including a severe brain injury. The accident left her unable to move, communicate or do anything for herself. Tragically, Jasmine’s mum also died at the scene.After four months in hospital, Jasmine began an intensive programme of rehabilitation at The Children’s Trust. With speech and language therapy, she began to talk again. They also worked with Jasmine so she could swallow again which enabled her to eat solid foods.The charity’s physiotherapist worked with Jasmine to regain her strength so she could stand and walk again.Jasmine’s father, Tony, recalls: “Only after a few weeks I asked Jasmine if she could move her arm and to my utter amazement, she did!"He added: “Jasmine was unable to speak when she first arrived at the charity so the music therapy sessions were an outlet for her. Together with the music therapy team, Jasmine wrote a song expressing how she felt, using lines from other songs. Jasmine and I performed it together using instruments – it helped her process what had happened to her whilst having fun.” After four months, Jasmine returned home and went back to school and continues to make good progress. Tony added: “When Jasmine was in a coma, I would sing to her but she couldn’t respond but I felt it helped during that awful time. I couldn’t have imagined that in a matter of months, she would be singing again with me. I’ve seen the worst a parent can imagine and the hope I had for her to get better was helped by music.”

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