I Want to Help Those with Brain Injuries; DISABLED CRASH VICTIM SETTING UP REHAB GROUP

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Byline: LAURA CAROE

A YOUNG man who was left severely disabled after a car crash is helping others with brain injuries.

David Dei Ceci suffered horrific head injuries and was fighting for his life seven years ago after the car he was a passenger in left the A68 at Bingfield, near Hexham, crashed into a field and overturned.

But after thousands of hours of rehabilitation, the now 24-year-old wants to help other people who have brain injuries.

David is helping to launch a new Headway group in Newcastle and North Tyneside on Tuesday.

He said: "Without the support from my family and the care team and everyone else, I wouldn't even be a quarter of way to where I am now.

"I was so confused all the time after I came out of hospital, and it was really hard to re-adjust to my new life and how my brain worked. I was just lost and I felt so alone."

Toon-mad David continued: "Now I feel like I am in a much better shape and I have started doing things I really enjoy, like watching Newcastle United.

"Next year I am thinking of going to Italy to rediscover my family roots.

"I am starting to regain the independence I should have. I've come a very long way but a lot of it is down to those who have helped me.

"Hopefully the new group will help people make new friends, have more confidence and meet people going through similar problems."

The rock music fan, who was awarded a record-breaking pounds 6.3m compensation following the devastating accident when he was 17, was travelling with friends to Kielder Forest in October, 2002, when his life changed forever. …