The Inspirational Memoir of Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor Ben Clench

Ben and Jazz, 2009

I was only 27 when my girlfriend Jazz and I were hit by a car while on holiday in the Dominican Republic in September 2010. Jazz was killed instantly. I suffered a severe head injury which left me in a coma and at the mercy of developing-world hospital care.

My family swung into action and thanks to their persistence and the support of my £10 travel insurance policy, I eventually received good treatment and a few weeks later was flown back to the UK by private air ambulance. I was still in a coma and the physical and mental prognosis was very uncertain.

During a month in intensive care, I slowly emerged from the coma – with no memory and little physical control or ability. Expectations for recovery were low, yet with the help of my family and friends, I defied medical opinion and within a few short months was out of hospital and embarking on a intensive self-directed rehabilitation programme.

Key milestones for me included going to Glastonbury Festival six months after leaving intensive care, much to the dismay of my medical support team. A mere nine months after my release from hospital, and less than a year out of intensive care, I was studying full-time for a Master’s degree, striving to regain my cognitive abilities with a view to resuming my career in international development.

This book is unusual in that my story is told not only by me but through the contributions of 25 of my family, friends and those who have helped with my recovery. I hope you enjoy it!


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