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2 April 2019 | Comment | Article by Ciaran McCabe

SameYou: Another step forward for neurorehabilitation

Game of Thrones actor Emilia Clarke has, this month, founded a new charity that will support recovery care for young adults who have suffered a brain injury or stroke.

SameYou has announced that it will be working with the Royal College of Nursing, Stroke Association, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Nursing Now to increase research and funding regarding this issue.

Emilia, renowned for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, has publicly announced that she suffered with a subarachnoid haemorrhage, a life-threatening type of stroke, after filming series one of the show. After suffering with a second aneurysm a few years later, Emilia underwent surgery twice. Following surgery, Emilia began to suffer with a condition called aphasia, which left her incapable of remembering her own name.

Emilia has commented that during her recovery she realised that health recovery programmes can be limited. Emilia has confirmed that she has recovered beyond all expectations, and she now hopes to help with providing post-hospital treatment for people who have suffered with brain injuries and stroke.

SameYou has already attracted nearly 50,000 followers on Instagram. The charity looks set to play its part in the significant role that good neurorehabilitation has in the long-term prognosis of those who suffer life-changing brain injuries.

Why is early access to neurorehabilitation important?

A report by the Centre for Mental Health estimates that there are 1.3 million people in the UK living with the effects of traumatic brain injuries. Accessing early rehabilitation is vitally important for maximising a person’s recovery and improving their health and well-being following a brain injury. Having accessible and high-quality rehabilitation care is integral for enabling those who have suffered neurological trauma to adapt and to begin their recovery journey.

We specialise in pursuing claims for those who have had the misfortune of sustaining a brain injury and believe quick access to good rehabilitation plays a key part in the long term prognosis of most of those who suffer life-changing injuries; we welcome all initiatives that will lead to better provision of neurorehabilitation.

We recently posted a blog, ‘Neurorehabilitation: How important is it and how can you access it?’ You can read it here.

How we can help

When you are considering pursuing a compensation claim following a brain injury, it is essential that you instruct a solicitor who has the necessary expertise and experience, and a track record of successfully conducting such high-value cases. Without instructing a specialist, this could lead to delays in obtaining funding for critical rehabilitation and the individual’s recovery could suffer as a result.

For more information on accessing rehabilitation following a brain injury, visit our brain injury page, or get in touch.

Author bio

Ciaran McCabe is a Partner and joint head of the National Serious Injury Department. The department was awarded Claimant Catastrophic Injury Team of the year at the PI Awards in 2021. He has specialised for over 20 years in assisting both adults and children, through England and Wales, who have sustained life changing injuries to the brain, spinal cord and limb loss.

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