⇐ return to #MyBrave momentA year ago, 9 year old Amina contracted a life-threatening illness that resulted in a brain injury. At the end of 2015, Amina and her family all had a cold. But after a week or so, Amina’s brother and sister started to get better whereas nine year old Amina didn’t seem to be able to shake it off. She was lethargic and complaining of headaches. She didn’t want to go to dance class, which was very unlike her. The doctors gave Amina a blood test, but before the results were back she’d collapsed in a prolonged seizure and was rushed to hospital in an ambulance. Initially doctors suspected epilepsy, but Amina was later was diagnosed with Autoimmune Encephalitis, a sudden onset inflammation of the brain. It was very serious. Amina wasn’t responsive and her family were told to expect the worst. Amina had several blood transfusions. Slowly she started to respond to treatment, but she’d acquired a brain injury and had lost many basic skills. Amina grew strong enough to move to The Children’s Trust for four months specialist brain injury rehabilitation, where she also celebrated her 10th Birthday. Rehabilitation was challenging for Amina, and she protested a bit at the beginning. But the therapists were very warm and patient with her. The benefits became clear within just a few weeks, and she soon found her motivation. With a lot of courage and determination, Amina is now walking, talking and smiling again.
Amina is sharing her story to inspire everyone to do something brave, take on a challenge, and raise money to help children with brain injury. Every year more than 40,000 children are left with a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness. As Amina found, specialist rehabilitation is their best chance of recovery. But it’s not possible without your help. ⇐ return to #MyBrave moment