Broadcaster Sheena McDonald tells of journey back from brain injury – Edinburgh News

Sheena McDonald with partner Allan Little after she received her Honorary Degree today from the University of Edinburgh. Picture: Contributed

Broadcasters Sheena McDonald and Allan Little talk about battle to recover after a catastrophic incident took its toll on their life

The leading Scottish broadcasters Sheena McDonald and Allan Little have told how they decided to write a book about how to deal with brain injury to mark 20 years since she was struck by a police van being driven on the wrong side of the road.

McDonald suffered serious brain injuries, completely lost her memory in the accident in London and took years to make a recovery.

Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, she said she and her husband had decided to write the book together to provide a “resource” to help other brain injury victims and their partners cope.

The Edinburgh-based couple worked with Gail Robinson, McDonald’s neuro-psychological rehabilitation specialist, to compile the book, Rebuilding Life after Brain Injury: Dreamtalk, which recalls the impact the accident had on both of their lives.

Fife-born McDonald, a well-known broadcaster with the BBC, STV and Channel 4 in the 1980s and 1990s.

But she was left in a coma for 72 hours after the accident near the couple’s then home in Islington, London, in February 1999.

Little, the BBC’s Moscow correspondent at the time of the accident, read an excerpt from the book recalling his harrowing journey back to the UK after receiving news of the accident.

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