A grateful Clitheroe boy has been busy making loom bands to sell at his school as a thank you to a charity that has helped him and his family.
In October 2007, Nathaniel Taylor was involved in a tragic accident and underwent a six-hour operation at Pendlebury Children’s Hospital, Manchester, to sustain a bleed to his brain and serious injuries to his neck.
Nathaniel (11), who attends St James Primary School, appeared to make an excellent recovery and at the time his mother, Laura, said it was a miracle her son was alive.
However, 12 months after the accident, the family noticed Nathaniel was falling behind in his school studies, his short-term memory was affected and he began experiencing frequent episodes of confusion and forgetfulness.
He was referred to Royal Blackburn Hospital and underwent a CT scan which revealed frontal temporal lobe damage and scarring on Nathaniel’s brain. Due to day-to-day difficulties experienced by Nathaniel, the family were put in touch with the Child Brain Injury Trust who helped the family enormously.
Laura said: “Over the years Nathaniel has suffered horrific headaches, dizziness, swelling around his eyes and seizures, as well as a number of operations on his brain - the most recent being on May 23rd.
Despite this, Nathaniel is wanting to pay back the organisation that has helped him.”
He and his family and friends have made loom bands to raise money for the Child Brain Injury Trust. A non-uniform day will be held at St James Primary School next Thursday (July 17th) and every child who pays £1 will be given a loom band and any leftover will be sold for 20p each or two for 30p.
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