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Marina's son Daniel (Interview 12) sustained a serious traumatic brain injury just over a year ago in 2011. Thankfully, Daniel survived and has made significant progress in his recovery. Marina looked after him during his recovery.

  • Background

    Marina is married with two sons, aged 22 and 15. Daniel (Interview 12) is her older son. He had a traumatic brain injury just over a year before she was...

  • Age at interview 54
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Brian

    Brian sustained a traumatic brain injury 17 years ago when he was 33. He has no memory of the injury, but has been told a police officer found him lying injured in the street after being assaulted.

  • Background

    Brian is single, lives alone and has a twenty-three year old daughter. He used to work as a train driver, but now volunteers at a day care centre for disabled...

  • Age at interview 50
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Adrian

    Adrian came off his motorbike in 2001 and sustained a traumatic brain injury. He has no memory of the crash or the initial stages of his recovery and rehabilitation. He has successfully learned to walk and talk again, but has some memory problems.

  • Background

    Adrian is divorced and lives alone. He worked as an accountant at an investment bank until his head injury. He now volunteers at Headway, the brain injury charity. Ethnic background’...

  • Age at interview 42
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Nick Y

    Nick was cycling home from a shopping centre one evening when he had his injury. A bus ran over his ankle and foot. The damage was extensive, so he had to have the lower part of his leg amputated below the knee. This was not Nick's first experience of a life-changing injury; his son, Jamie (Interview 34) sustained a traumatic brain injury in a road traffic collision.

  • Background

    Nick is a retired chartered surveyor. He is divorced, lives alone and has two children, age 37 and 35. Ethnic background’ White English.

  • Age at interview 68
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Nick Z

    As a hobby, Nick enjoyed racing motorbikes. He was on a track in Spain when he came off his motorbike and broke his neck. He is now a quadriplegic, paralysed from the chest down.

  • Background

    Nick is married with three children, aged 12, 11 and 5 years old. He worked in business development, but has not returned to work since his injury. Ethnic background’ White/English.

  • Age at interview 49
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Bill and Catherine

    Bill was involved in a road traffic collision 12 years ago. As a result of his injuries, his leg was amputated above the knee. Bill felt it was important to include Catherine in re-telling the story of his injury because she played a crucial part in his recovery.

  • Background

    Bill, a retired police sergeant, and his wife Catherine, a retired staff nurse, are married and have two children, aged 19 and 22. Ethnic background’ White British & White British/Irish.

  • Age at interview 57
  • Sex/Gender Male