Then another turning point -- the hospital was running out of blood.
According to Pelletier, the blood bank called and said they had only 10 units of blood left for Max, and they were calling other hospitals trying to get more.
"I was worried that Max was going to bleed to death and we wouldn't have blood to save his life. I thought of Max's parents that point. The only thing left to do, was to remove his liver," said Pelletier.
According to Pelletier, this was a huge gamble. If they weren't able to preserve it, fix the injuries and replace it, Max would not survive.
Once the liver was out, surgeons could focus on repairing the damaged blood vessels and the liver separately.
"You take the largest organ out of the body, and you now have a lot of room and great exposure. It was really quite honestly straight forward and easy to get the bleeding to stop," said Pelletier.
Finally, things were starting to turn around for Max and the doctors. Pelletier said when Max's liver was reconnected, he was relatively stable to allow blood flow going to his new, auto transplanted liver.
Max made it out of the operating room, but he still had a long road ahead -- four months in the Intensive Care Unit and two more months in rehabilitation.
Max wants to get back on a motorbike, but understandably, his dad's still not sure.
"I'm just not ready to put him back on a motorcycle, " said Jacob Bontekoe.
"I feel a little more special, because I am the only one in the world who survived this injury, " said Max.
If you would like to see the videos Max's family made of his recovery, click here.