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Patient who suffered serious head-injury gives emotional presentation as she thanks EMRTS at brain injury conference

A patient who suffered a serious head injury received a standing ovation after sharing the story of her recovery with some of those who helped her on journey.

The woman was joined by members of the EMRTS service when she recounted her experience to an audience of healthcare professionals and past patients and relatives at the Stadium last month.

Her ‘incredibly emotional’ presentation at the South West Wales Brain Injury Conference focused on the woman’s recuperation with the help of both EMRTS medics and its aftercare team, following the head injury she received in April 2022.

Consultant Sam McAleer, who was involved in treating the patient along her medical pathway, told the audience about advanced critical care in a prehospital environment, specific treatments for brain injury patients and how they had benefitted the patient.  

It was followed by presentations on neurosurgery, neurorehabilitation and the variety of therapies provided.

Jo Yeoman, Patient Liaison Nurse for EMRTS Aftercare Team, is responsible for the Aftercare Service now available to patients who have been attended to by EMRTS.

“The Aftercare Service can be beneficial to fill in the gaps, particularly for brain injury patients and how she supported the patient during her recovery,” she said.

“This particular individual presented her journey in her own words and talked about all the professionals that had made a difference to her care across the pathway and the challenges of recovering from a brain injury.

“It was incredibly emotional for everyone and concluded with a standing ovation from the audience.”

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