At the age of 17 I had my first seizure, as I got older my seizures became more frequent, and by chance I had a seizure in front of a nurse. I then spent 6 weeks in Ysbytu Gwynedd, by chance Dr Bracewell was visiting another patient, and had a look at my CT scan and said, “Walton now”. By the end of that day I was at Walton, I spent another month and was diagnosed with a large posterior right parietal AVM. I was placed on Phenytoin 450mg I was given a 50/50 chance of survival. I had my surgery on the December 2007, whilst they were prepping me for the surgery I haemorrhaged. The only thing I remember about my time in Walton constantly asking has Christmas been. My operation left me with Riddoch’s Phenomenon. After many years of being a participant for Professor Rafal I became fascinated with the world of neuropsychology. I graduated last year from Bangor with a degree in neuropsychology, I am now doing a MSc with Dr Rudi Coetzer and I also have the pleasure of having Dr Bracewell as one of my lecturers.
I will speak about my personal experience of suffering from AVM (Anterior Venous Malformation). I will also speak about how my life has changed since my operation.
Public Theatre 2, 13:15 - 13:45, Thursday 26th