A former professional boxer who sustained a brain injury in the ring is backing a new charity identification card aimed at helping brain injury survivors explain their condition.
Michael Stupart, from High Valleyfield in Fife, was diagnosed with dementia pugilistica in 2015 following a boxing career which started after he left school.
Dementia pugilistica, otherwise known as “punch-drunk syndrome"or “boxer's dementia," is a form of dementia that originates with repeated concussions or other traumatic blows to the head.
When Michael, 34, left school, he worked full-time in construction and in his spare time trained as a boxer. In his early twenties the training became more serious and he went on to take part in 31 amateur fights, rising to become the intermediate Scottish champion.
He turned professional in 2011 and went on to have 38 pro fights in just over four years.
Due to the damage inflicted in the ring, the father of three now suffers from a number long-term problems including, memory, balance and mobility issues.
It’s for this reason that he is supporting a new identification card being launched by Headway – the brain injury association.
The Headway Brain Injury Identity Card is designed to help brain injury survivors explain their condition.
It displays the key ways in which the survivor’s brain injury affects them and includes a 24-hour criminal legal assistance number which can be called to request legal advice or representation from solicitors trained in understanding brain injury.
“The card has a number of benefits especially when people make the wrong assumption,” said Paul.
“Some people quickly judge you and because of the way you move, think you might be drunk or on drugs. Of course, this can lead to problems.
But by showing the card you can quickly get them to understand the situation.”
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