Julia picked up my book With a Little Help From my Friends, which I was in the process of re-writing and when she discovered my daughter Marie had a learning disability she told me her daughter Catherine was also disabled - and from then on we discovered we had much in common.
There’s a little girl who stayed when Alice came back home
And there’s a small child in wonderland alone
She didn’t mean to go away
She only left the house to play
And now she sits in silence
Sleeping in the stars at night in golden slumber breathing light
A lean gazelle that’s taken fright, afraid, to come back home.
Written by Catherine’s Brother, Tony.
"From nowhere the screams of my 11-year-old son, Tony, pierced the bright, sunny afternoon. As I turned, he was running towards me with his arms out-stretched, eyes bulging with terror. “Mum-Mum-come-quick, our Cathy’s been run over” My heart was racing, pounding, as we both ran frantically back towards the road where a crowd of people were already gathered. I pushed my way through and couldn’t believe what I saw before me. My six-year-old daughter, my beautiful little girl, was lying in the middle of the road. Blood was coming out of her nose and her ear, her leg was bent halfway up her back and her eyes were tightly shut. I thought she was dead."
When we arrived at the hospital, a medical team had been standing by to meet us. Gentle hands transferred Catherine onto a trolley and my little girl was quickly rushed into an examination room.
Soon a doctor came into the room and gave us his diagnosis. He said that Catherine had suffered multiple and appalling injuries. Her condition was very serious and they would have to operate straight away.
M. You had other children you had to think about too, didn't you?
M. You must have been emotionally and financially drained.
|Catherine waking up from her coma|
Bill was reading the newspaper one evening and came across an article about The Insitute for the Achievement of Human Potential which was based in Philadelphia and had set up The British Institute for Brain Injured Children in Somerset.
- Patterning – manipulation of limbs and head in a rhythmic fashion
- Creeping – forward bodily movement with the abdomen in contact with the floor
- Crawling – forward bodily movement with the abdomen raised from the floor
- Receptive stimulation – visual, tactile and auditory stimulation
- Expressive activities – e.g. picking up objects
- Masking – breathing into a rebreathing mask to increase the amount of carbon dioxide inhaled, which is believed to increase cerebral blood flow
- Brachiation – swinging from a bar or vertical ladder
- Gravity/Antigravity activities – rolling, somersaulting and hanging upside down.
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