David and his family have been through a difficult ordeal to say the least. When in 2009 an aneurysm in his brain burst causing it to haemorrhage, it was touch and go whether he’d pull through.
“I was just watching TV at home and heard a ‘pop’ sound in my head. I knew straight away that something was very wrong.”
David was rushed to the QE hospital in Birmingham, where he suffered another stroke leaving him clinically dead for some minutes. Once resuscitated he was put into an induced coma for three months, in a stable but critical state.
After a painful wait, David was brought to consciousness again. The resultant brain injury meant that he couldn’t remember his family or friends, and was paralysed down the left-hand side of his body. He began a long and arduous journey of recovery, with countless physio and rehabilitation sessions at home. In 2010, David was referred to Headway and joined the Worcester Wellbeing Centre.
“Headway has helped me so much, it’s been a real life-line for me. It’s great for me to mix with other people in a similar situation, and the staff are very understanding and patient. I’ve made some friends for life”.