Brain injury and me: Jeff Mayle
A brain injury can happen to anyone, at any time, and can transform lives and futures in an instant.
But with the right help, at the right time, there can be life after brain injury.
Jeff was just 17 years old when he fell off his skateboard, hitting his head on the concrete pavement. He suffered an extra-dural haematoma - a bleed on the brain - that required immediate life-saving surgery.
He spent six weeks in a coma, followed by five months in intensive rehabilitation where he had to relearn the most basic of life skills, rather than studying for his A-levels.
Jeff's story is an inspirational tale of triumph over adversity. His courage and determination provides immense encouragement to other people battling to rebuild their lives after brain injury.
Despite facing everyday challenges with his speech and mobility, Jeff (now in his early 40s) currently works as an IT Engineer at the University of South Wales and has an MSc in computing.
"I remember one moment of self pity when I was with my speech therapist in rehab," said Jeff. "I remember asking 'why me?'
"But that was only once - and I have never asked that again."
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