The story of Zdeněk and Jiřina



Zdeněk became a participant in a car accident in May 2005, when as a co-driver he suffered a polytrauma with a severe brain injury. Until then, as a High school student, he experienced everything that belongs to the age of 19 – among other things, he danced, played sports, engaged in art activities and planned to study architecture …

During the one-year coma, doctors gave Zdeněk almost no chance of survival. Despite this, in the spring of 2006 he began to show signs of consciousness and gradually woke up. The consequences of the injury were quite fatal – paralysis of the right side of the body, limited vision, memory loss. Gradually, Zdeněk’s health improved thanks to demanding rehabilitation. He gradually began to draw and even had several exhibitions of his work. He enjoys listening to music. In a wheelchair, they go to concerts, theaters or cinemas for culture..

Due to his optimistic nature, he had and still likes friends around him. Due to his disability, he has fewer opportunities to stay in the company of others. He lives with his parents and will most likely not be able to fully participate in working life as his peers.

The Day Care Centre gives secon chance to people with neurological disabilities who, after acquired brain damage, have been given here the opportunity to live in a community of adults with similar disabilities. Zdeněk has the opportunity to follow the rehabilitation he went through in medical facilities and actively spend his day time with assistants and professional therapists. For the family, this social service is a great benefit in relieving everyday care and, in addition, they have the opportunity to get acquainted with the possibilities and innovations that can improve the quality of life for their loved ones.


At the age of 27, Jiřka was diagnosed with acute multiple sclerosis and a prognosis for a maximum of five years
of life. This was followed by the breakup of the relationship, when she was left alone with her little daughter. Today it has been more than thirty years.
Jiřka went through gradually milder and more severe stages of the disease. Hand in hand with this there came changes in the behavior of the environment.
Loss of friends, isolation from peers, insecurity, fear, anxiety, worries about what will happen next …

After eighteen years of fighting the disease, she decided to change her life. She accepted the disease and began to learn a different approach to herself and her surroundings. She began to learn her own body language and took full responsibility for her life and for her health. She realized that there was no social service that would offer  comprehensive help to people with similar diagnosis. It was the right decision. She gained a second chance to lead a quality life. Now she enjoys her time and tries to pass on her experience to others.