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Liam's Story told by mum Natasha

In 2017 my nine year old son, Liam, was having a kick-about with his football like many children do. But, Liam ran into the road to chase the ball and he was hit by a car. His injuries were catastrophic. Doctors asked us to turn off Liam’s life support machine but we knew he was a fighter and asked them to keep it on.

By some miracle Liam did open his eyes again. He’s now 12, and taking steps in a walking frame. It hasn’t been easy. Half of his brain is so damaged it will not repair, so he has to relearn everything with the other side of his brain, and it’s taking time. He also has to contend with seizures and muscles spasms, making his muscles extend and go rigid.

Liam left the hospital after he started breathing for himself again, and he joined a special school. Now, after six months of intensive brain injury rehabilitation at The Children’s Trust, Liam, through his determination, has defied all odds and is making progress.

With the help of a special walking frame Liam has been able to get to his feet and start to walk - it was an emotional moment when Liam surprised his Dad and sister by taking a few precious steps. Our hope is to get him walking independently again one day.

The Children's Trust, the charity that provided Liam with specialist rehabilitation, is launching Tiny Massive Moments on 20 May, to fund specialist equipment, activities and outings to help motivate children undergoing intensive rehabilitation, giving them the opportunity to live the best life possible.

Thank you.

We urgently need more special things to help children and teenagers with brain injury get moving again.

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Jo Harbinson is a physiotherapist at The Children's Trust

“Every child who comes here after brain injury is different. Some may not be able to make any intentional movement, others may be able to still walk or reach, but it’s a wobbly or jerky movement.

“We look for activities they enjoy that we can link their physiotherapy into. So it’s motivating while it’s quietly training their brain to make new pathways to replace the ones that have been damaged. And we make sure everything suits their age.

“We also try to make sure that we have all the mobility equipment we need for different ages and sizes, so everyone can try things out. Without that chance, we could be limiting a child’s mobility for the rest of their life.

“With the right equipment and activities to help us, we can help each child find their full potential.”