Quad bike accident survivor launches safety DVD

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Media captionRebekah Glass had part of her brain removed and suffered a stroke after the accident

A County Tyrone teenager who suffered a brain injury after a quad bike accident has launched a road safety DVD.

Rebekah Glass had part of her brain removed and suffered a stroke after the quad she was riding on crashed in Trillick three years ago.

She worked with the police and the Child Brain Injury Trust to make the DVD.

"If I can save someone's life it would mean everything to me," she said.

The 18 year-old said she was doing well at her new special school and her friends had stood by her.

"It's affected my family," she said.

"They're expecting their old Rebekah to come back."

Police Inspector Rosie Leech said the launch had been "a very moving event, and Rebekah has shown such courage and such insight.

"Sharing that story, and sharing it with young people, is so important."

Inspector Leech said "quads are not just playthings".

She advised young people to wear helmets when travelling on quad bikes, and never to drive them on roads.

Gayle Baird from the Child Brain Injury Trust said: "It's all very well us saying these are the kind of things that can happen, but to then show a DVD from someone's personal experience of what has happened is going to really drive it home to pupils."

The trust works with 180 families in Northern Ireland affected by childhood-acquired brain injury.

Ms Baird said road accidents were the main cause of this type of injury.

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