Brit man vows to get back on motorbike after three resuscitations, 38 opsFebruary 23rd, 2011 - 5:37 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 23 (ANI): A man in Britain, who was brought back to life three times and needed 38 operations following a motorcycle crash, has vowed to not only walk again but also get back on his motorbike.
Gary Brennan, 52, a grandfather, needed dozens of operations to mend his shattered frame, and surgeons say that he had the worst injuries they had ever seen in a living person after a head on collision with a car.
His extensive injuries included bleeding on the brain, a spine fractured in three places, a collapsed lung, two broken shoulder blades and fractured ribs.
Brennan, who is now in a wheelchair, says he owes his life to the emergency services but after his amazing brush with death a year ago he still wants to get back on his bike.
The accident happened as Brennan pulled away from a bikers meeting point in Leeds on his 1,100cc Ducati Hypermotard.
His bike collided with a car and he was “confirmed” to be dead at the crash scene, but was miraculously resuscitated and flown to Leeds General Infirmary’s helipad.
His wife Shirley, who had been a pillion passenger with Gary that day and had been dropped off before he went out for another short ride, sensed something was wrong.
“I left three messages on his mobile and I knew that either he had had an accident or he was helping someone who had,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
Brennan was put into a drug-induced coma for six weeks to give his body a chance to stabilise so life-saving surgery could be carried out by orthopaedic expert Professor Peter Giannoudis.
After dozens of operations, Brennan was eventually moved to a High Dependency Ward where he remained for six weeks, before being switched to a Trauma Ward.
Amazingly, most of his injuries have healed remarkably well, but Brennan is likely to be in pain for the rest of his life, and he has to take about 20 tablets a day and can have morphine injections if needed.
“It’s hard going some days. But I am so incredibly lucky,” a smiling Brennan, who runs a vegetarian pie business, said.
“Without the wonderful air ambulance crew, Kate and Daz who got me alive to hospital and Prof ‘G’ and the other amazing doctors and nurses I would have been long gone,” he added. (ANI)
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