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One mum’s plea after the nightmare that happened to her baby

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Keeping an eye on your children all the time is near-on impossible.

You turn your back and your baby has rolled off their mat. You walk into another room and the toddler has suddenly taken an interest in all those wires by the TV. Your curious preschooler wants to see if they can fit into the washing machine.

But one mum’s story is a reminder to us all to pay that little bit of extra care and attention – because one mistake could have extremely serious consequences.

Mum Louise was changing her baby girl Katie when suddenly the nine-month-old fell off the table and hit her head.

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Katie fractured her skull and suffered a bleed on the brain.

The terrible accident completely changed Katie’s life and she was left with an acquired brain injury.

Despite a number of procedures in hospital, Katie was discharged and the family told she’d make a complete recovery. Louise, who was riddled with guilt, told BabyCentre this was “incorrect and wishful thinking.”

Katie is now eight, but has missed key milestones due to the brain injury.

Louise added: “Her speech is delayed and she needs one-to-one help at school. At pre-school Katie would have violent outbursts and did not thrive in class. Her social skills and ability to make friends were way behind her peers’.”

The family found it extremely difficult to get the support they needed.

Louise added: “It is both hard and distressing to see Katie’s daily struggle just to do the simple things in life and know that for other children it is natural and second nature.

“I’d say to all parents to change nappies on the floor, rather than on changing tables.”

Katie’s dad contacted the Child Brain Injury Trust and the family were referred to their local Child and Family Support Service which is delivered by a support co-ordinator at the charity. Extra support and guidance was given to Katie’s school and she now has one-to-one support which has in turn improved her Maths and English as well as her ability to work independently and in groups.

Louise said: “This had a significant impact. Everyone was given access to acquired brain injury training. Even the dinner ladies know how to handle Katie, to understand that she needs support not punishment. The Child Brain Injury Trust’s support co-ordinator changed the mindset of the school and now they all love Katie”.

If you’re in a similar position find out more by visiting the Child Brain Injury Trust.

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