In 2004 Brian Boyle was a high school graduate, like most young man his age. Brian has goals, his 3 goals were to go to college, swim on the team, and compete in an ironman triathlon one day. A month after graduation, on his way home from swimming practice. Brian was involved in a near fatal car accident with a dump truck.
In a blink of an eye Brian’s heart was ripped across his chest, his ribs/clavicle/pelvis were shattered. His lungs collapsed, his kidneys and liver failed. He lost his spleen and gallbladder and lost 60% of his blood, severe nerve damage to his left shoulder. Brian was in a coma, on life support for over two months and he died eight times while he was in the intensive care unit.
No one knows if Brian would walk again due to all the extreme injuries and his shattered pelvis. His future did not look promising. Just like his body, his dreams were shattered. But, Brian didn’t give up!
After the coma, Brian underwent 14 operations, 36 blood transfusions, 13 plasma treatments, he lost a total of 100 pounds and he went to rehabilitation center; where he learn how to talk, eat, walk, shower, and live independently again.
After that agonizing experience, Brian spends a few months in a wheelchair. Brian began to take baby steps to walk on his own. It was a miracle that he could walk again, but Brian wanted to prove the doctors wrong and not only walk, but RUN! After he accomplished that, he wanted to get back in the pool again. After a few lung tests, Brian was able to go in the pool a little bit each week.
After a few months of swimming with his training partner, Brian decided that he was not going to let his injuries stop him from living his dream. Six months after that Brian went to St. Mary’s College where he joined the swim team. And in 2007 Brian Boyle competed in his first Ironman World Championship.
Brian Boyle’s story is about recovery and comeback; he proofs that miracle do happen. Never give up and trust that you can do anything!
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