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19,000 lives turned upside down every year

Nobody ever thinks a brain injury will happen to them. Yet as many as 19,000 lives are turned upside down annually in Ireland from newly acquired brain injuries. The biggest causes of brain injury that we see in our services are caused by stroke, road traffic accidents, assaults, falls and brain tumours.


Causes of acquired brain injury in our rehabilitation services

Young people stuck in nursing homes

Too often people who acquire brain injuries are young. Due to lack of services available at the time of injury, we still see young people left in settings like nursing homes, community hospitals or sent home where families are unable to cope.

Spread the word about brain injury

This is why we need much greater awareness of brain injury. Because if more people like you understand about brain injury, that’s more people who will listen about the services we need to rebuild lives. We need to educate people about brain injury – our politicians, our communities, our health system – so that everyone understands the importance of investing in rehabilitation. One of the best ways we can do this is through sharing real life stories.

Not enough data on brain injury

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of research available to show the actual incidence of brain injury in Ireland. That’s why research is so important – gathering the right data helps us build our case so we can ensure brain injury survivors and their families get access to vital, specialist and neuro-rehabilitation services like ours. But here is what know so far:

brain injury statistics in Ireland and in Acquired Brain Injury ireland

This is an extract from our Annual Report 2018.


The Shock

by Caroline Cullen in News Comments: 0

When a brain injury happens, it can put lives on hold. It can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time. No-one ever thinks a brain injury will happen to them. One of our brain injury survivors Kieran Cullen, suffered a brain injury after a bleed on the brain caused by a road traffic accident six years ago. A talented poet, Kieran now shares the reality of what it’s like to suddenly find yourself living with a brain injury. This is Kieran’s poem, The Shock.

the shock of brain injuryThe Shock

Were you ever on your own, in a crowded place?

When you couldn’t hear the throng

And the ghost-like figures moved in waves

Then you knew there was something wrong

When your legs felt like feathers

And your arms were to no avail

Like a ship in the eye of a tempest

Without anchor, keel or sail

That’s the way it hits you

Then the birds come home to roost

Breathing becomes a labour

Like the tightening of a noose

A caring voice you long for

Or helping hand, to guide

But you are in isolation

Can you take this in your stride?

The next instant, you are surrounded by family

And it’s only then you know

Six weeks have been robbed in a moment

And the life you knew can never be so.