Showing His Support For Action For Brain Injury Week 17 Years On
An inspirational man from Leeds who sustained life-threatening brain injuries in a car accident 17 years ago has travelled the world and published a book on what makes him “different.”
Max Muteliso, originally from Alwoodley was 20 years of age when the car he was a back seat passenger in was involved in a serious road traffic incident. The driver was travelling at 100mph on the M1 when he lost control of the vehicle near the Snapethorpe footbridge in November 2002.
The car left the motorway and spun several times, with Max thrown from it. He suffered a fractured skull and severe internal bleeding to his brain, leaving him with weakness down one side of his body and having to use a wheelchair. He also sustained some impairment to his vision.
Now after working closely with specialist serious injury and court of protection lawyers at Irwin Mitchell, 37-year-old Max has rebuilt his life and even written his own book about his travelling experiences – Headfirst Thrills On Wheels – which was published last year.
In addition, he has joined forces with Irwin Mitchell to show support for Headway’s Action For Brain Injury Week, which runs from 20 May to 26 May. This year’s theme is ‘Brain Drain – Wake Up To Fatigue!’ which is something that Max is all too familiar with, as he experiences problems with memory, concentration and fatigue since his brain injury.
Max lives independently, but to help with his daily challenges Irwin Mitchell successfully secured him a settlement which was used to help pay for a specially adapted bungalow. This also helped fund lifelong care for him and allowed him to return to education.
Expert Opinion“The injuries that Max had to deal with were horrific, but he has shown that with determination he has been able to get his life back on track.
As part of Irwin Mitchell’s I Am Able campaign, we have been focusing on the ability of our clients, rather than their disability, and Max is a great example of someone that has turned his life around following a tragic experience.
In our day-to-day work, we see many cases of brain injuries and while it is easy to dwell on the difficulties of life following on from an injury, Max should inspire us all to push ourselves to be the best we can be and to live life to the full.”
Joanne Fraser - Partner
Following the accident, Max’s brain injury meant he did not have capacity to manage his finances and he was placed under Court of Protection care. Now he has recovered enough to regain capacity to manage his property and finances, with a Trust now in place for him to do this.
Additionally, Max’s recovery has gone from strength to strength in recent years. He said: “I graduated as a Town and Regional Planner in 2012 and worked as an intern at Leeds City Council. However, due to the lack of a driving licence, I found it elusive to procure a Town Planning job.
“In 2015, I decided to travel around the globe as an Accessibility and Inclusion Independent Researcher, and in 2018 I published my first book – Headfirst Thrills On Wheels - about my travelling experiences. I always wanted to write a book and create my own metaphors, therefore the book is not only literary, but also eye-opening and enlightening.”
Discussing his daily challenges, Max added: “I’m fine, meaning I have no pain now, but the physical challenges are the order of the day.
“When indoors particularly in my house I try to use my crutches as much as possible, and I use my outdoor electric chair when out of the house.
“Being disabled makes me different and difference is what makes this world. Better yet, I use my difference to see what another person might not see.”
Headfirst Thrills On Wheels is available to buy from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L9FWWB9 or Lulu.