The Children's Trust is the UK's leading charity for children with brain injury.
We support thousands of children and families across the country every year.
We provide rehabilitation to children with acquired brain injury at our national specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey, helping them make the best recovery possible after a serious incident or illness.
The centre is also home to our special school and nursing services for children with complex medical needs.
We also provide community services and online support for families across the UK.
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From a young age Samuel showed a keen interest in sport and music. He was learning to play the drums when his parents noticed he was having issues with balance and complaining of headaches.
As Samuel’s balance got worse, he started vomiting and was constantly tired. His GP put it down to a bug but a physiotherapist family friend said; “request an MRI and don’t take no for an answer.”
Within a few days Samuel was diagnosed with a brain tumour and operated on immediately. He was days from death as fluid put pressure on his brainstem. Surgery had removed 85% of the benign tumour, but 15% was too risky to remove.
After the operation Samuel started to have tremors and could only smile on one side. He had developed ‘posterior fossa syndrome’ causing cognitive, emotional, behavioural, motor, language and speech-related problems.
Samuel spent several months in Kings College Hospital before he came to The Children’s Trust in February 2016 for three months intensive rehabilitation and immediately made progress, learning how to be independent again.
Samuel has now returned to education and is making new friends. He is swimming again and has taken up diving after being inspired by a visit in hospital from Tom Daley.
The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.
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