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Brain Injured Toddler Now Walking and Talking

Excerpt of article written by Emma Innes | Mail Online

2014-1102 Leo in Hospital

Leo was born at home and had to be rushed to hospital where he spent time in intensive care (pictured).

Doctors told his parents Carol, 33, and Matthew, 32, their son Leo was likely to be disabled and would never walk, talk or feed himself. But after spending most of his first year in hospital for a series of operations and rehabilitation therapy, Leo defied medics by learning to speak aged 20 months.

And the remarkable toddler then stunned his parents when he achieved another milestone and walked for the first time on his second birthday. His proud parents recalled the moment he took his first wobbly steps after copying pirates walking the plank on his favourite CBeebies show Swashbuckle.

Leo Burrell, who was not expected to to walk after suffering brain damage at birth, has defied medics and taken his first steps after copying his favourite pirate programme.

Leo Burrell, who was not expected to to walk after suffering brain damage at birth, has defied medics and taken his first steps after copying his favourite pirate programme.

Mr Burrell, who runs a software business, said: ‘He was at home against the sofa while his favourite programme Swashbuckle was on. He loves Swashbuckle and gets all excited about it. His favourite bit is joining in with the singing and dancing bit. He was standing against the sofa and copying them saying “walk the plank, walk the plank”. At first he was throwing himself to the floor but he just started to take some steps. We were amazed and after a few minutes he was walking halfway across the room. Before he could stand and balance and walk using his baby-walker or holding our hands but it’s like the show just gave him the confidence to try it on his own. We were all crying because we were so happy, so proud. He’d only just learned to crawl three weeks before.’

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Thanks to Matthew, Carol, and Leo for sharing their story; BBC, CBeebies, and Swashbuckle for the educational and age-specific programming they provide; Emma Innes for writing the story; Mail Online for committing its resources to publishing the story; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly made it possible for me to include the pictures and text I used in this post.

Scott
Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.


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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.