The Long, Hard Fight Getting Back to Normal; Health Correspondent Jenny Hudson Spoke to David Loxley about How Rehabilitation Enabled Him to Return to Normal Life

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The Long, Hard Fight Getting Back to Normal; Health Correspondent Jenny Hudson Spoke to David Loxley about How Rehabilitation Enabled Him to Return to Normal Life


Byline: Jenny Hudson

A slip in a supermarket during a holiday trip left David Loxley fighting for his life. The back of his head had taken the full force of the fall as he hit the hard floor.

The 57-year-old's skull was shattered and he developed a blood clot on the brain.

Surgeons managed to remove the clot and repair the fracture, but the fall had damaged part of the frontal lobe of Mr Loxley's brain.

After a couple of months in hospital, Mr Loxley, a forensic scientist, moved to West HeathHouse in Birmingham for rehabilitation.

The father-of-three from Kings Norton was out of the critical stage - but struggling with everyday tasks he hadtaken for granted. 'I was feeling fairly normal, but my brain was recovering,' said Mr Loxley. 'It took longer to do things and I wasn't as articulate when I spoke. I also had some problems writing' Compared with many other brain injury victims, Mr Loxley was lucky - his memory was not affected, nor were key functions such as hearing.

But he needed the specialist care at West Heath to build up his confidence. …

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