In early December 1988, actor Gary Busey suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of a motorcycle accident in which he was not wearing a helmet.

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“I had to learn how to walk, talk, eat - dress myself again,” says the star who underwent emergency brain surgery following the crash. “It was a rebirth, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually,” he adds.

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Watch the video above to hear who Gary says he encountered during a near-death experience after brain surgery. Plus, what does Gary say he did to influence language in the Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 1996, and how does he feel about helmet laws today?

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Gary Busey’s recently published autobiography, “Buseyisms: Gary Busey’s Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth” includes recollections from his childhood, anecdotes from a half-century in Hollywood and his perspectives and philosophies on life.

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Brain Specialist On Gary Busey’s Traumatic Brain Injury: ‘It’s Almost Miraculous He’s Doing As Well As He’s Doing’