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Traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury

Every year more than 35,000 UK children are admitted to hospital with a traumatic brain injury.

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Sadly, some of these children lose their lives and those who do survive can develop life-changing disabilities.

That’s why Action is funding vital research to help children and young people who have survived a serious head injury.

We hope this research will help doctors predict how each child is going to be affected by their injury, and identify the type of healthcare and educational support that the child will need.

This research could really improve children’s outlook for the future. But for every project Action funds there’s another we have to turn away, simply because of a lack of funds.

With your help, we’re determined to change this.

Please donate today and help us continue to fund life-changing research for children and young people.

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Kira's Story

Kira, pictured above, was just two and a half years old when she was involved in a tragic accident, causing devastating injuries to her brain.

“It was so terrible that I’ve blocked out many of the details” recalls mum, Erika. “But I remember the helicopter landing to airlift Kira to hospital. And I remember the way nurses wrapped a sheet around her head so we couldn’t see the extent of her injuries.”

At the hospital doctors needed to shave Kira’s head. “Afterwards, they handed me a lock of her hair. It was meant kindly, but was almost unbearable,” Erika recalls.

It was a day that would change both of their lives forever.

Kira is now 16.The brain injury she suffered as a toddler has affected all aspects of her life, leaving her with both learning and physical disabilities. She uses a wheelchair and needs help every day with basics like washing and eating. She can only use the left side of her body and reads at about the level of a six or seven-year-old.

“In many ways she’s still a little girl. She has no sense of fear or danger. She needs supervision at all times” adds Erika.

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