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Edwin Poots opens Child Brain Injury Trust conference

Health Minister Edwin Poots has opened the Child Brain Injury Trust’s first conference in Northern Ireland.

The event, held at the Stormont Hotel in Dundonald, was organised by the charity which researches and provides information regarding the effects of traumatic injury on a child's developing brain.

Opening the conference, Mr Poots paid tribute to the help and support provided by the trust to children and young people with brain injury and their families over 21 years.

“I have been hugely impressed by the dedication of the staff and the determination of the children and their families as they endeavour to overcome their disabilities,” he said.

“Brain injury can bring with it countless symptoms and challenges including memory loss, mobility problems, personality changes and behavioural issues.

“It can also have a devastating and lifelong impact on the |person concerned and their family and friends. Services provided by organisations such as the Child Brain Injury Trust are of vital importance in helping children and young people come to terms with their brain injury, and in providing the support they need to live fuller lives.”

The Department of Health published an Acquired Brain Injury Action Plan in July 2010.

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The minister said the trust had made a crucial contribution to implementing the plan.

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