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Aughnacloy mum praises brain injury rehabilitation charity

Tyrone mum, Jill Boyd, whose daughter Olivia had a non-malignant brain tumour when she was three years old, has praised the work of Brain Injury Matters and their dedicated rehabilitation programmes which have helped her to deal with issues that have affected her life and the lives of her family since her brain tumour.

She is speaking at a time when Brain Injury Matters, a brain injury rehabilitation charity in Northern Ireland, has successfully secured two papers to be presented at the International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury. The conference, which took place in Rome last year, is taking place at Queen’s University, Belfast, between today (Wednesday) and Friday.

The family are from Aughnacloy. Olivia’s mum, Jill Boyd, said: “The impact of an acquired brain injury, especially when it is your child, is life-changing for the entire family circle. Olivia was only three years old when a brain tumour was discovered following a routine eye test. Olivia is now five and struggles with issues such as social anxiety, variable mood and behavioural changes and difficulty with balance and co-ordination. We connected with Brain Injury Matters and became involved in Family First, one of their dedicated rehabilitation programmes, following Olivia’s surgery."

Full story in this week's Tyrone Constitution.

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