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Becky's story

Becky, a 36-year-old mother of three, had a horrific accident in April 2023 that left her in a coma for two months following a life-threatening brain injury. Becky’s husband Dan, ran the 2024 London Marathon in support of her.

Becky was crossing the road with her 11-month-old daughter in a pram when the accident happened. Thankfully, she was able to push her baby's pram to safety in the split second before she was mown down by a speeding car.

Despite now facing years of rehabilitation as she recovers from the accident, she told the media that ‘'I would do exactly the same again to save my children".

Becky is now home and able to care for their three children. She is doing amazingly well and was able to attend the marathon to see husband Dan, brother Rob and friend Ross run the 26.2 miles for Brain Research UK. Dan, Ross and Rob to date have raised over £45,700! We cannot thank them enough for their phenomenal efforts!

We are incredibly grateful to Becky, Dan, Ross and Rob for raising awareness of the serious impact of brain injuries. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in people aged one to 40 years; there are an estimated 1.3million people in the UK living with the effects of a TBI.

We want to improve the outlook for people like Becky, whose lives have been shattered by brain injury, and we are funding vital research to advance understanding of how to promote repair of the brain. One such project is led by Dr Virginia Newcombe, an expert in neurocritical care in Cambridge. She and her team are working to better understand the differences between injuries that are overtly similar, with a focus on injury to the blood vessels and changes to the way that the blood clots. This will guide the development of effective treatments. Find out more about her research here.

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