A teenager has described how he lost his "best friend" when his dad's personality changed following a traumatic brain injury.
Joseph Ormesher said his dad Andrew was a warm, friendly joker before he fell from a ladder in 2014.
Following the accident Andrew, from Kirkby in Merseyside, became irritable, childish and sometimes irrationally angry.
Joseph, now 15, is a young carer for his dad having taking on the role of cook and companion – and is often the only one able to calm him down during a "meltdown".
He told the Liverpool Echo : "Since I was a small child, mum worked [at weekends] and we used to spend all day together on weekends. We had a special bond.
"At first it was really hard for me to cope, I was crying pretty much every weekend.
"Now I deal with it pretty well because it's just life now."
"There's been a few time it's got on my nerves and stuff. My dad is there but it's not really him, that frustrates me."
As a carer, Joseph does everything from helping his dad with physical therapy, calming him down when he loses his temper and making meals for the family.
Joseph said: "It's difficult when he gets angry. At first I found it really difficult. I feel as if it's my job to calm him down because I'm the only one he listens to when he's like that."
The father and son, who shared a passion for kickboxing, did everything together. The teen says these experiences with his dad are what he misses most.
He said: "I miss small things like going out to a dog walk, playing football in the park. I can't do that any more. If you take the dogs to the park he's exhausted and we have to come straight back."
"I probably miss kickboxing most. He taught me from about four, it was a big part of life, I've grown up with it."
After Andrew's fall he spent nine months in rehab to help him be well enough to return to his family, but the man who came home was not the same as the man they knew.
Joseph said: "At first I thought it was just physical. You could see it – bruises on his face and he'd done something to his wrist.
"But once I started going down [to the hospital] I was a bit confused to be honest, because he was in hospital I thought maybe he was angry at being in hospital but then I realised something else was going on."
Joseph's mum, Catherine, says her son has held her family together for the last five years.
She said: "I'm amazingly proud of him, he's the rock of the family."
Catherine explained how her family had to grieve for the version of Andrew they lost due to his brain injury.
His personality shifted and it has been a big adjustment for Joseph and his younger sister Jessica.
Catherine described the initial months after the accident as "mayhem".
"It's been hard for the kids, more Joseph than Jessica as she was only five," she said. "She says she's lucky she doesn't remember what he was like before."
"It's the hardest grief. I had a friend who lost her husband and she said 'you've still got your husband' but I haven't, it's his face but it's not him," she added.
Since the accident, Joseph and Jessica have been attending sessions at Headway Sefton, a charity that helps those affected by brain injuries.
Monthly support group sessions have helped the young the young carer come to terms with his dad's condition.
To say thank you the teen has decided to complete a charity skydive for the charity on July 1, his 16th birthday.
"I have always wanted to do a sky dive, love an adrenaline rush but started being able to do it for the charity is even better," he said.
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