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Action for Brain Injury Week 2022

16th - 22nd May - See The Hidden Me

We have marked ABI Week (Action for Brain Injury Week) 2022 by launching a new podcast series called Headpods produced by Emma Martins. The podcast features inspiring interviews with people who have overcome huge adversity following their brain injury. Emma Martins is our Lived Experience Co-Ordinator and herself has an acquired brain injury.

Headpods is a series of inspirational survivor stories

It is produced and presented by Emma Martins. Emma was at the height of her career as a television producer when she sustained a brain injury caused by a life-threatening viral infection she contracted while on holiday in Vietnam. Given just a 20% chance of survival and spending three months in hospital, she fought extremely hard. Following her illness Emma had to relearn how to walk and come to terms with the realisation that it would be impossible for her to return to her previous career. Learning to adapt to having partial sight, cognitive fatigue and severe dyslexia as a result of her brain injury, she created a podcast titled The Longest Battle as part of her own rehabilitation and to help others experiencing their own traumas and life battles. The series included an interview with former model Heather Mills, who had to have her leg amputated below the knee following a traffic collision with a police motorcycle, at the height of her career in the early 90s. Following the success of The Longest Battle Emma has created the Headpods series.

Special thanks

We had great support for this podcast from UEA students in the Media Suite at Colgate and UEA who kindly allowed us free use of their recording equipment and studio as well as free editing time. Hatch Brenner Solicitors sponsored the launch event of Headpods on May 12th and helped raise awareness of this project.

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Listen and Watch

Click Headpods on the main menu and scroll down to reveal Episode 1. 

Click here to visit the Headway UK page where you will find insightful videos from brain injury survivors as well as statistics and feedback gathered in the research campaign run by Headway UK.