Storybook reindeer helps kids with brain injuries

Sophie McKeown is one particular of about 2,000 men and women in Northern Ireland dwelling with the prolonged-expression results of a brain injury.

The two-yr-aged from County Tyrone caught a virus as a toddler – it induced an autoimmune reaction leading to her mind to develop into infected.

Her mom Fiona said she realized extremely very little about acquired mind injuries prior to Sophie’s incident.

“She’s not however conversing, but she has just started off to wander which is a significant milestone,” Fiona instructed BBC News NI.

A new guide is supporting households like Sophie’s increase awareness and assistance some others to understand additional about brain injuries.

Rua’s Sore Head tells the story of just one of Santa’s reindeer who has a brain personal injury.

It was created by County Fermanagh girl Sarah Moon, whose son also has a brain damage.

She claimed: “We all adore to have characters to relate to and I believed it would be fantastic if a little one like my individual had a character to relate to.

“An individual who had been by identical matters but it experienced appear out the other facet.”

The illustrations ended up drawn by Belfast artist Jim Lavery.

The charity Brain Injury Issues acquired cash from the Countrywide Lottery Local community Fund to make the guide, which will be sent to educational facilities in the course of Northern Eire.

Online video journalist: Niall McCracken