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Brain injury and me: Michael Mabon

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'I like the new me'

Michael was two days away from starting a new nursing course that he hoped would shape his new life in Swansea when he was attacked by a group of 12 thugs, seemingly for simply helping a homeless man.

It was a month before Michael began to wake from an induced coma. When he woke up, he didn't know anybody - even his family by his bedside were complete strangers.

Brain injury and me: Michael Mabon is one man's inspirational journey back from the brink. Michael's brutal honesty, emotion and humour - including how he recalls being without part of his skull for two years - provides hope and inspiration to other people learning to adapt to life after brain injury.

"I think I stagger...have balance problems...and I'm very conscious of that," says Michael. "I look as if I'm maybe drunk or on drugs. I have co-ordination problems and I'm overly clumsy.

"But I like the new me. I'm less selfish, less self absorbed than I was. Yeah...a better me...a happier me."

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