Help us support people like Romana

In 2004, Romana, pregnant with her second child, had a brain hemorrhage. She underwent a six-hour operation but her injury left her paralysed and unable to talk. Thankfully her daughter survived.

Lack of specialist support

“I spent three years at the hospital recovering. I was on an older people’s ward and, while the nurses were lovely, I was only 25 years old. I had little stimulation, no physiotherapy and it wasn’t a great place for my children to visit.

“In 2007 I moved to a Sue Ryder neurological care centre and I really started to improve. Thanks to the care and therapy I received I was soon able to talk and walk using a frame. I have my own room and on sunny days I go into the garden – which is also a great place for the children to run around when they visit me. I help out in the local community cafe which has boosted my confidence and increased my independence. I even travel there on my own using public transport.

“I put my progress down to encouragement from staff and volunteers at Sue Ryder and the facilities that I have access to, like stimulating activities and opportunities to socialise with people my own age.”

Help us make a difference

Write to your Scottish Parliament candidate and ask them to help us rewrite the future of neurological care in Scotland. Ensuring that popel like Romana have access to the specialist care they need and deserve.

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