A 29-year-old woman from Penarth, Ms Zalehka Price-Davies, has been left devoid of many of her physical, emotional and tactile senses after sustaining a serious head injury in Dublin.
Ms Price-Davies has had to give up her career as a senior stylist at a Cardiff salon and is now – she has told the Daily Mail – “grieving” for the person she once was.
The accident happened when she tripped and fell down a flight of 9 steps in a Dublin cafe – fracturing her skull. She was unconscious for 4 days and then had to undergo 3 months of treatment at Rookwood Hospital in Cardiff for a brain injury which has damage her left frontal lobe and has caused a “complete personality change”.
Far from being the “life and soul of the party” – which she once was – Ms Price-Davies says that now she can no longer feel excitement and “cannot get enthusiastic about anything” . She has lost sight in one eye, has to walk with a stick and now suffers from a slight stammer- she told the Daily Mail.
Since last summer she has been helped by the charity Headway which supports people with brain injuries and apart from her treatment at Rookwood Hospital also undergoes 3 therapy sessions every week at Llandough Hospital’s day unit . Because Ms Price-Davies has lost a taste for food, one of the challenges the Llandough therapists are working on is helping her recover a natural desire to eat.
She has also had to learn – all over again – to walk , to talk and to write – and has now started an internet blog about her ordeal.
One of her projects is to raise money for the Headway charity – for which she is now organising an auction night at the Glamorganshire Golf Club in Penarth on September 30.