WATCH: Tear-jerking moment man with brain injury announces his dream has come true
Headway Norfolk and Waveney
It is a catastrophic injury which can leave people paralysed, unable to speak, or feeling like a completely different person.
But nearly 6,000 people a year suffer with brain injuries in Norfolk alone.
This week, for Action for Brain Injury week, this newspaper has teamed up with charity Headway Norfolk and Waveney to tell the stories of those who have lived through brain injuries to show the impact it has on them and those around them.
Craig Jennings, 44, from Hethersett near Norwich, was racing his motorbike at Brands Hatch in 2010 when he was involved in a freak accident.
The race was planned as one of Craig’s last, as he was considering giving up racing to start a family with his new wife Rebecca, who he had married just three months before.
But instead Craig was plunged into a coma for five weeks, and Rebecca was told the best she could hope for would be for Craig to fix his eyes on her again.
Craig spent two months in hospital and another eight months at a specialist rehabilitation centre in Norwich.
But it was nearly five years before the couple could move into their new home in Norwich together, as Craig spent an agonising four years in a nursing home.
Their dream of having a family seemed to be long gone.
Now, eight years on, Craig has been helped by Headway Norfolk and Waveney and continues to improve.
And last November the couple welcomed their son, Elliot, into the world - almost 11 years to the day after they first met.
Rebecca, a deputy headteacher, said: “Despite the difficulties we have faced Craig is still exactly the same person that I married.”
• May 14 - 20 is Action for Brain Injury Week. Throughout the week a film exhibition put together by clients of Headway Norfolk and Waveney will be on show at Castle Mall. Find them on the second floor, near Boots or visit www.headway-nw.org.uk for more information.
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