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.

service user Meg in the corridoors in TEM 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.

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