GP speaks of her Brain injury

Four years ago, Michelle Owen was on her way to work as a GP in Australia, when her car rolled off the road.  Left unconscious with a brain injury and multiple fractures, she was in a coma for 3 months.

'I couldn't remember who my children were'

According to press reports, despite being given an 80% chance of remaining in a vegetative state, she has made a remarkable recovery though it has been a slow journey,

“When I first started to 'come round' from my coma, I could not even swallow, I could only mouth words in whisper and despite remembering my medical knowledge I couldn't remember who my children were".

She recalls that the smallest achievements such as putting her hair in a ponytail have given her the most joy, something she could not do for a long time because of poor co-ordination.


Her goals now are to help fellow doctors understand the struggles of patients with acquired brain injuries, from her unique perspective of having been both doctor and patient,

'I think I'm finally getting to the point of acceptance. I've accepted that I have a life ... because I might not have even had that.'

Michelle also hopes to raise awareness generally about the importance of protecting our brains.  Since most brain injuries are caused by accidents, many traumatic brain injuries can be prevented by wearing:

  • A seatbelt when in a car
  • A helmet when riding a bike, motorbike or horse
  • A helmet when playing contact sport, skiing or snowboarding.

Head Injury UK: Brain Injury Claim Experts

Our expert brain injury solicitors hope that Michelle’s story provides hope to brain injury victims all around the world.  At Head Injury UK we also endorse her efforts to raise general awareness about brain injury prevention.  If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury and wish to discuss making a claim, contact Ian Shovlin to see hoe we can help you.


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