An innocuous confrontation can turn out so badly – one punch, and for a family there’s a big hole where a son or husband used to be. A Channel 4 documentary entitled ‘One Killer Punch‘ was broadcast in November last year and told three main stories of three different assaults.
I didn’t know at the time that there was a fourth story that Channel 4 decided not to include in the documentary. I discovered it today on the Headway Facebook page. It’s the story of Jamie McKechnie and how a single punch changed his life forever.
On the night of the 15th August 2011, he had been on his way home with friends when he became the victim of an unprovoked assault, during which he received a single blow to the back of his head. One punch was all it took to leave Jamie unconscious on the roadside with a life-changing brain injury.
This powerful short film tells Jamie’s story from the life he led as a keen BMX rider to the catastrophic effects of his brain injury.
Having rebuilt his life with the support of wife Ellen and Headway South East London North West Kent, Jamie was nominated as Achiever of the Year in the 2015 Headway Awards. I could write much more but I’d much rather direct you to Ellen and Jamie’s blog where you can read their story from the source – it’s a tear jerker, so have a box of hankies handy!