Deane's story - traumatic brain injury


Released 03/12/2019

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Text appears: “Every day, around 90 traumatic brain injuries happen in New Zealand.” – “On 29 March 2014, Deane sustained a significant traumatic brain injury while mountain biking.”

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Deane mountain biking

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Deane – “So I was going really fast,”

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Deane sitting in the lounge with his guitar

Text appear: “Deane”

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Deane – “and I was enjoying myself, like I was in my element.”

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Kahui sitting at an outdoor setting

Text appears: “Kahui” – “Deane’s mother”

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Kahui – “Kieran had answered the phone, when he got
off the phone and he told us, we all just went quiet, dead quiet.”

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Michaela and Deane sitting in the backyard

Text appears: “Michaela” – “Deane’s sister”

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Michaela – “He said he's in a critical condition.”

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Kahui embracing Michaela

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Kahui – “On the inside it was kind of like a scream.”

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Kahui sitting outdoors 

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Kahui – “You just never want to see anybody in that
state, let alone your own child.”

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Cherie Le Lievre driving her car

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Cherie Le Lievre – “Any person of any age, can have a traumatic
brain injury.”

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Cherie Le Lievre sitting in the patient’s room

Text appears: “Cherie Le Lievre” – “Occupational Therapist”

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Cherie Le Lievre – “It affects different people in different ways.”

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Cherie Le Lievre meeting and conversing with Deane, Kahui and Michaela

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Cherie Le Lievre - “Someone can have a traumatic brain injury and all of their ongoing challenges are invisible, so meeting them and talking to them, you wouldn't know that they continue to struggle.”

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Cherie Le Lievre sitting in the patient’s room

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Cherie Le Lievre - “And some people can be very affected, where
they're unable to participate in their everyday”

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Person examining x-ray reports

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Cherie Le Lievre – “life tasks and they need someone to help them
with everything.”

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Cherie Le Lievre sitting in the patient’s room 

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Michael sitting and then lying next to Deane in his medical room

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Michaela – “He couldn't actually talk or feed himself,
or do anything himself. Even at some stage I fed him, just like when
he was a baby.”

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Deane embracing Michaela sitting down in the backyard

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Kahui and Deane sitting and laughing by looking at old photographs

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Kahui – “It took a really long time for him to
learn to use a straw.”

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Kahui sitting outdoors

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Kahui – “One of his hands was starting to just stay
like this.”

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Deane sitting in the lounge with his guitar

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Deane – “I gradually got it to open and now I'm using
it on the strings.”

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Jane meeting and conversing with Kahui and Deane as they have tea

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Kahuii – “We'd only been there a day and I met Jane, she was telling us how they were going to help. Which was really overwhelming at the
time because it was blowing me away that all this help was coming from everywhere.”

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Jane visiting a patient in s medical room setting

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Jane sitting in a room setting

Text appear: “Jane Batten” – “ACC Support Coordinator”

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Jane – “We meet with clients, they work out what they want to achieve and then we put services in place around that to help them achieve their goals.”

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Clips of Deane at various places in his school as well as conversing with others

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Deane – “One of the main challenges was fatigue, especially
with school, trying to learn new things and I was tired.”

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Jane walking down the school hallway

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Jane – “ACC statistics show that approximately 14,000
people a year suffer some form of traumatic brain injury.”

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Cards hanging from a string on the wall

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Bicycles and chairs inside the garage

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Clips of Deane playing various sports

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Kahui – “If it's dangerous, train, learn about the kind of environment you're going to be in and don't do crazy stuff in the heat of the moment.”

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Deane and Kahui sitting and laughing by looking at old photographs

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Kahui – “It's like he's been given a chance at life,
another one, and he's taken it and just gone flying.

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Deane playing basketball on the court with his friends

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Deane conversing with another student in the school library

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Deane – “I really want to do good in school, get into
tertiary education and become an environmental engineer.”

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Deane doing kapa Haka in the school hall with other students

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Michaela – “He goes for everything, he just sticks to
it, he's just smashing it.”

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Deane embracing Micaela sitting in the backyard

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Clips of Deane’s doing various things with this family members

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Kahui - “We were already close as a family, but now
it's, I can't even express it in words.”

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Kahui sitting outdoors

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Deane hugging Michaela

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Deane playing his guitar in the lounge

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Text appears: “Traumatic brain injuries can happen to anyone, at any time.” – “ACC is committed to reducing the incidence, severity and impact of traumatic brain injuries in New Zealand.”

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ACC logo appears

Text appears next to ACC logo: “Te Kaporeihana Awhina Hunga Whara” – “prevention.care.recovery.”