Survivor Stories

Here are some real life stories from trauma survivors and carers about their experience of injury and recovery journeys.


 Sabrina

On a night out with friends in London, Sabrina was an innocent victim caught in the crossfire of gang violence. She was shot in the back, her friend was killed, but she has come out the other side of trauma with dignity and power.

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 Ben

An accident on his motorbike left Ben paralysed from the waist down. Three years later, he is mastering wheelchair tennis and launched a fabulous social media app for disabled sports called Perfect Imperfections.

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 CHRISTOPHER

Chris's road cycling collision resulted "weeks of his life vanishing".  He woke up in ICU to the sounds of an '80s hip-hop classic, and his long, challenging recovery began.

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GRACE

In April 2014, Grace experienced multiple devastating injuries in a road traffic collission. In April 2016, she completed the London Marathon, '3 years ahead of schedule', motivated to give hope to other trauma survivors.

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Daryl

When Daryl was 23, depression, and internal conflicts about his sexuality and religious beliefs drove him to throw himself in front of a London tube. He survived as a double amputee, and is now an inspirational blogger, change-maker and depression ambassador in his native South Africa.

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Shan

Shan was crossing a small village road, when a car hit her and left her with a 6% chance of survival. Seven extraordinary months later, Shan celebrated her recovery with a ’Stayin’ Alive’ party with family, friends and the medics who saved her.

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Cristiana

Cristiana and her fiancee came to England from Romania for a better life, but within a month she was hit by a truck. After 2 months in a coma, she woke to find her lower left leg was gone. Her life had changed forever.

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PHIL

Phil was struck by a 25 tonne truck, sustained multiple injuries, lost a leg, and endured Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. After a decade of rehabilitation and self-reinvention, Phil found himself at Westminster receiving an Award for Inspiration.

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  Alison

The "tables were turned" on Alison, a physiotherapist, when a cycling accident resulted in a spinal cord injury. She knew too well what to expect in hospital and what it takes to recover.

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Campbell and Lucy

Three weeks after they were engaged, Lucy's finance Campbell fell 25 feet onto his head and sustained a traumatic brain injury.   Theirs is a powerful recovery story of true love and true grit.

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MeganMegan

At 17, Megan was the victim of a serious road traffic collision near Dolgellau, North Wales. Meg almost died and spent 44 days in ICU and 8 months in hospital. Now her dream is to work for the NHS, "something so worthwhile to do with my life after being given a second chance".

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 Patricia

When doctors suffer traumatic injury, how do they cope?  They sometimes return to work too early.  Patricia tells the story of how her life changed forever after her cycling accident and how doctors "need to look out for each other".

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Joshua

At only 11 years old, Joshua was involved in a major quad bike accident and his parents told he wouldn't walk or talk again. Now he has a promising career as a stand up comedian. Watch his inspiring recovery story. 

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Paul

When Paul was hit by a taxi at 30 MPH, the first thing he did was imagine himself "happy and in full health". He also sang the Gayatri Mantra and Hare Krishna in case he was "about to leave my body". He has now resumed his career as a therapist with deepened insight into trauma.

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Michael

When Michael fell two storeys (5 metres) from his loft, his friend was in too much shock to call an ambulance. So Michael somehow dialed 999 while lying on the floor and paramedics - and pain relief - soon arrived. 8 months later he has made an excellent recovery.

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Mariet

In her 70s, Mariet survived a car crash that killed two of her friends.  She made a remarkable recovery thanks to extraordinary courage, playing with her granddaughter, and her determination to play golf again.

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Stephen

Stress and mental illness drove Stephen to throw himself in front of a tube train. Despite multiple injuries, he drew on a renewed will to live, battled his demons and has made remarkable recovery. 

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