Jack Martindale is was just aged 21 when he incurred a “very severe” traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on the 1st of January 2010 by being struck by a car in North London, which left him comatose for 3+ months.
The prognosis that he was given in in his earliest days’ of hospitalisation within the Royal London Hospital’s intensive care unit was incredibly bleak. Indeed a life in a care home was what was expected of him, (attained the lowest score on the Glasgow Coma Index, at which you can remain alive) if you were optimistic enough to believe that he'd regain consciousness.
Instead of this, after over 18 months of intensive neuro-rehabilitation, he was able to resume his studies (he had been in the final year of his degree when his accident occurred), which lead to him graduating from his degree with a 2:1 in July 2013.
The autobiographical book 'Battling a Brain Injury: the life that Jack built' was published in October 2014, as a therapeutically cathartic release. Since his first book’s publication, he has been involved in numerous media appearances.
Detaching the stigma that brain injury has long been facing is now a fundamental passion of his and something that he fears has a tremendously growing precedent and significance nationally with it being a most common threat to the young. Ultimately, Jack is ingraining the ethos that we are all capable, and he strives to offer inspiration to students.
"Jack was very good and got a lot of positive feedback from staff and students. His message of self-belief and acceptance came across as the key theme of his talk which was really powerful especially as he is such a lovely, warm and positive person."
– Liz Wooldridge, PSHCE Co-ordinator, St. John Fisher Catholic High School
"We were absolutely delighted at ReachOut when Jack Martindale agreed to speak at a graduation event we were holding for approximately 200 young people in June last year at The Clothworkers Hall in the City of London. ReachOut is a mentoring charity working with young people in disadvantaged communities to raise aspirations and help them grow in character and attainment. Jack gave an inspirational speech to the young people who had completed an academic year of our mentoring programme and their teachers about his experiences and how he overcame the immense challenges he faced using the character strengths we aim to instil: fairness, good judgement, self-control and staying power."– Bejal Shah, London Manager, ReachOut
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