Woman’s recovery from brain injury aided by ‘Ireland’s Call’

Aisling Brady (27) delighted her family as she shaped her lips to mouth ‘Ireland’

Aisling Brady (27) from Trim, Co Meath was moved five weeks ago to the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dublin’s Dun Laoghaire from the Mater Hospital, where she had been since she was flown home from Dubai last January.

Aisling Brady (27) from Trim, Co Meath was moved five weeks ago to the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dublin’s Dun Laoghaire from the Mater Hospital, where she had been since she was flown home from Dubai last January.

 

Hearing the lyrics of the Irish rugby anthem, Ireland’s Call, led to the first breakthrough in the recovery of a young Co Meath woman who was flown home from Dubai after suffering an acquired brain injury.

Aisling Brady (27) from Trim was moved five weeks ago to the National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) in Dublin’s Dun Laoghaire from the Mater Hospital, where she had been since she was flown home from Dubai last January.

The teacher collapsed when she arrived at school in November and hit her head on the floor. While travelling to hospital, she suffered multiple seizures and the first of a number of cardiac arrests on reaching the hospital before having a stroke which caused serious brain damage.

Her condition was caused by a pulmonary embolism which had formed in her leg over a period of time, rushing up to her heart and eventually ending up caught in her lungs.

A Gofundme page, set up to bring her home and help costs of care and has reached over €144,000 to date.

Ms Brady’s family said she was working hard at intensive physiotherapy but at present she could not speak and could only slightly move her arms and legs.

Although staff are hoping for long-term improvements, she is also coming to terms with the news that she will need full-time care for the rest of her life.

“She is in the NRC until October, which we are hoping will be extended as we don’t feel it will be long enough to see any developments,” said Aisling’s mother Antoinette.

“She now knows the whole story so has understandably had a few emotional outbursts and is receiving counselling.

“She has lost a bit of her sight which has become a bit blurred but her hearing has become acute.

“The staff at the centre are just amazing. I can’t praise them enough and I’m hoping Aisling will get to stay on past her discharge date.

“We’ve set up a system where Aisling nods her head for ‘yes’ and shakes for ‘no’, and frowns for ‘I don’t know’.

“We also have an alphabet chart with the most frequent letters on the top so we will call these out to her and she blinks to choose the letter to help her spell out words.”

Breakthrough

However it was only last week when Aisling had her first big breakthrough in her progress, her mother said.

“Aisling always loved rugby and played it in Dubai. They say singing is easier than speaking so I just sat beside her and started singing Ireland’s Call.

“All of a sudden, I heard her making gutteral sounds and making shapes with her lips to mouth ‘Ireland’.

“She was so excited to hear her voice so we just kept singing and singing and when we finally stopped, she was beaming.

“She needs to believe things are improving so she needs these little breakthroughs and she has since did it for her dad and brother. It’s quite overwhelming.”

Antoinette also thanked family, friends and the wider community for all the help and support since her daughter became ill.

The proceeds of the GoFundme page - https://ie.gofundme.com/bring-aisling-home - will now go towards her care.