“Wilson, Dhamapurkar and Rose present a fascinating, thought provoking yet scientific account of late recovery from the Minimally Conscious State. This challenges the concept of ‘cut-off’ after which recovery is unlikely. Family and client perspectives enhance the account. This informative book will be of interest to all working with people with long term Disorders of Consciousness .”
– Agnes Shiel, Professor of Occupational Therapy, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
At the age of twenty eight Gary was assaulted by a gang of 30 who were armed with baseball bats and hammers. This resulted
in several skull fractures and severe brain damage. For nineteen months he had little awareness of his surroundings before he started to show some recovery. Surviving Brain Damage After Assault documents his exceptional journey.
“Through Gary’s story, we want to exemplify to rehabilitation staff, medical professionals, and families that considerable gains can be made by individuals who have experienced a long period of reduced consciousness” write the authors. “ Although Gary will probably not get back to what he was like before the brain injury, he is nevertheless reasonably independent and has a life worth living.”
Through the testimonies of Gary, his mother Wendie and the many therapists and medical staff who treated him, Surviving Brain Damage After Assault takes readers on a 3 year journey, highlighting the devastating effects of serious head injuries, the long process of recovery and the importance of rehabilitation.
“In future we should be able to observe a growing awareness in society of the problems faced by brain injured individuals and a developing understanding of the means to overcome or circumnavigate some of them. This, as always, will result from scientific research and an ensuing development of professional expertise in treatment. Again, it is hoped that this book has taken a few steps in this direction. If the political will were there, and politicians could see the economic benefits to be gained from rehabilitation therapy, such treatment could be provided on a scale that would ensure that all who needed it could benefit to varying degrees, wherever they lived and whatever their financial circumstances.”
Engaging and easy to read, Surviving Brain Damage After Assault shows that, contrary to popular belief, considerable gains can be made by people who have experienced a long period of reduced consciousness.