Life after a traumatic brain injury: Learning to eat, walk and talk again
Dale Henley cannot remember flying over his handlebars and landing on his head.
The days before the mountain biking accident are blacked out. Henley woke in hospital after four nights in a coma and learned to walk, talk and eat again. Eight weeks were wiped from his memory.
But after so far making a strong recovery, he has learned that the clinic which helped rehabilitate him is closing down.
Henley’s fiancee and best friend wrote details of his recovery in a journal for him. This is how the Christchurch mechanic and father pieced together what he has been through.
Henley broke five vertebrae and suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) on a Christchurch Port Hills track 10 months ago. He has been told people usually need about 18 months before returning to work, driving and talking normally again after such an injury, but he is already doing this and more.
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