Client’s Story Told on Stage at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Grace was struck down by encephalitis as a newborn baby. The condition left Grace with an acquired brain injury and for the first few years of her life, the youngster was in and out of hospital to undergo a string of surgeries.
Although Grace defied medics by learning to walk and talk, she was left with behavioural problems and learning difficulties, and attends a school for young people with special educational needs.
Annie, sister of Grace decided to turn her sister’s story into a play to help educate audiences about encephalitis in the hope that more people will recognise the condition and be understanding of people with brain injuries.
The play was inspired by Annie’s sister, Grace, and their family and was set at Paradise in the Vault during the week long Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Court Of Protection Partner at Irwin Mitchell, Joanne Fraser, who has assisted the family, has praised Annie for helping to raise vital awareness about encephalitis.
“We’ve known Grace and her family for some time and have seen their courage, strength and love for each other as they deal with the devastating effects of encephalitis. Tracing Grace offered audiences a rare insight into what it is like to live with this condition. It is to Annie’s credit that she has taken on the task of raising awareness of this illness and acquired brain injuries”.
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