Meg, 26, was involved in a serious accident while climbing in Snowdonia. She was a very experienced climber and worked as an instructor for a local climbing centre. However, due to an unfortunate sequence of events, she fell from a height of 30 feet off a vertical rock face, striking her head upon impact and suffering a severe brain injury. She also received a broken neck, back, ribs and a punctured lung.
Meg was admitted to Liverpool Hospital Intensive Care Unit where she remained for four months. The first two months she spent in a coma. When she regained consciousness, she had no recollection of the accident. Meg was transferred to Thomas Edward Mitton House (TEM). With the help of the TEM team, and much self-determination, she made rapid progress, with a programme that included occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy.
"I am settled into my room and my new lifestyle and I'm pleased to say that I love it. Moreover, I'm moving onto my next step of living independently in my own house."
When she arrived at TEM House, Meg found it a challenge to walk, even with a wheeled walking aid. Not only is she now able to walk with just one stick, but, with her sister Ruth, she has also come second in a sailing competition. Shortly before her accident, Meg had graduated from Bangor University with a 2:1 in English, and she continues to pursue her passion for words by creating a newsletter for TEM House, as well as writing an article, on which this case study is based.
Meg has now moved to a community house in Northampton, run as a part of BIRT's continuum of care. She is living much more independently and hopes to find work as a writer.