This is Shannen’s story.

In October 2001 Shannen was involved in a Road Traffic Accident which left her with a brain trauma and critically ill.

Shannen was moved to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where she remained in a coma for 2 weeks, they continued to monitor the swelling in her brain but as she was non responsive the doctors advised that her chances were not good.

Shannen was moved to Boston’s Pilgrim hospital in Jan 2002 where she stayed until being discharged at the end of that month still being fed by a tube. Shannen started physiotherapy in 2002 once a week but she found this hard to tolerate.

In December 2005 Shannen was lucky to get a place in the Ranken Jordan Rehabilitation Centre in St Louis, Missouri for 3 months. The Centre was able to gain more mobility in her left arm and tried to help her walking with a frame but her balance was very poor. After 3 months Shannen’s speech had improved and Shannen was able to manoeuvre her wheelchair using both arms.

Since January 2016 Shannen has been attending Browny’s Boxing gym in Grantham twice a weeks for 121 sessions with Russ Brown the founder. Shannen’s mobility has improved massively which has led to her to being able to walk with support and massively improving her balance and core stability.


Shannen's Story




My name is Amberly, and I was born with Kniest Dysplasia which is a form of dwarfism.  The condition effects every joint in my body and my body doesn’t produce enough collagen to protect my bones.  These means I suffer extreme joint pain and have arthritis in every joint, this also affects my eyes and hearing.

I have had numerous surgeries over the years and still have some more major ones to come.  At the moment I am completely wheelchair bound and I have been going to Browny’s gym to have 121’s with Russ Brown since February.  Russ has helped me come on leaps and bounds.  My upper body is so much stranger and we have been working towards strengthening my legs.  I am going to need serious rehabilitation after my next operation so this Centre means the world to me.

This condition only affects between 200-300 people in the world.