Meet Essex local Amy May Shead who suffered life-changing brain injury in Budapest restaurant


Amy May Shead
, an online producer for ITV Daytime, suffered life-changing brain injury after consuming a single mouthful of food while on holiday to Budapest in 2014. For anyone to suffer such a catastrophic injury as Amy did, getting medical advice from a brain injury lawyer can lead you on the right track when it comes to moving forward in the best way. Even though life will be different, knowing that you did what was right could help put your mind at ease.

During the holiday, Amy went for dinner at a local restaurant where she was assured by the waiting staff and chef that the chicken dish she ordered did not contain nuts. Further to the verbal conversation, Amy provided the staff with a translated medical card stating her fatal allergy and the ingredients she must not have contact with. The avoidable nature of this incident leaves us with so many what-ifs. Having Injury Attorney David Mann on hand to help would have been of great help in the aftermath of this traumatic time.

Despite the apparent understanding from the staff, the food did contain nuts and Amy went into immediate anaphylactic shock.

Increasing depths of coma were instigated following the incident in an attempt to dampen further damage to Amy’s brain following the catastrophic effect that had already taken place due to lack of oxygen and then a bleed on the brain.

After 19 days in Budapest ICU, Amy and her family, who had traveled out to be with her, were flown back to the UK on a medically-equipped light aircraft and was immediately transferred to the ICU of St. Thomas’ and Guys Hospital, London. Amy was slowly brought out of the coma where she was left with severe brain injury.

After ten and a half months in St. Thomas’ and Guys Hospital, and then almost a year in an NHS rehab unit Amy was transferred to a Specialist care facility, where she now resides.

With no medical insurance claim and no compensation Amy’s ongoing needs, alongside her required medical therapies are funded from private donations. On principle, you should have medical care, whether that’s on the NHS or through a Private Medical Insurance provider.

Amy’s family has established The Amy May Trust to fund her monthly requirements. Amy’s incident has left her with very limited vision (therefore preventing her from using eye-controlled assisted technology), unable to walk or communicate with spoken language.

While Amy will require medical care along with physiotherapy and speech and language therapy (SLT) for life, Amy’s family are hopeful dedicated neurological physiotherapy could allow Amy to strengthen her body to as to have greater control and flexibility in her movements while SLT could allow her to improve her communication skills with her family and friends. If you find yourself or someone you know in a similar situation it may be worth looking into a law firm that can help you get the compensation that could support you or their recovery – visit for more information.

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