Elaine Hanly at home in Roscommon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Elaine Hanly’s life changed in the blink of an eye, as it does for so many victims of major trauma. While a passenger in a car, Hanly was involved in(...)

Deirdre O’Brien is recovering from a stroke she suffered three years ago. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Covid-19 pandemic has left many of us feeling trapped, but consider the impact on people with severe brain injuries who were already trapped by th(...)

Before neurosurgery, Jenny McEntegart was experiencing, on average, 25 seizures a day.

In the last 10 months hospitals across the globe have seen the greatest footfall in living memory. It has been a year that each of us have recognised (...)

Reinhard Schaler helping his son Pádraig with robatic gait therapy, with rehabilitation exercise specialist Barry Moore (right). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

As Pádraig Schaler’s arms and legs start to move in very slow motion above the treadmill, it appears for a moment as if he is suspended in zero gravit(...)

Tara Dalton, with her children Daniel (12) and Ella Rose (9): their Dublin home is now ready for Des. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The family of brain injury survivor Des Vallely, whose story we featured last November, are still waiting to get him into their new, now suitable home(...)

Aimee Brennan had the operation at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin when she was six years old. She now has paraplegia and has to use a wheelchair.

A 12-year-old girl paralysed from the chest down allegedly after an operation for curvature of her spine has settled her High Court action for €9.4mil(...)

Tara Dalton, with her children Daniel (12) and Ella Rose, (9) at home in Monkstown; her husband Des Vallely, suffered serious brain injury in a cycling accident in January.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last New Year’s Eve, when midnight struck to welcome in 2020, Tara Dalton kissed her husband Des Vallely and said “it can’t be any worse than last yea(...)

 Michael Keogh from Mallow, Co Cork a patient at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times

First proposed in 1970s, the hospital’s new facilities opened in June but when the whole project is complete it will still not have enough beds to (...)

Tony Holohan: his relationship with Varadkar is ‘very good’

So utterly has coronavirus infected our lives it makes perfect sense that Tony Holohon should receive star billing ahead of Bruce Springsteen on the L(...)

Martina, Seán and their son Jack before going to Anfield for the first time since the attack

Seán, back in his family home, is not defined by what he can’t do but by who he is It is exactly 18 months since I was last standing here, on th(...)

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