Teenager ‘certified dead’ wakes up as his organs were about to be donated
A teenager, Lewis Roberts, who was certified dead after being hit by a van woke up as his organs were about to be donated.
The 18-year-old was said to be brain dead four days after the crash in Leek, Staffordshire, England.
According to StokeonTrentLive, relatives agreed that his life support machine should be turned off and his organs donated to help save other lives.
Fortunately for the teenager, the doctors can’t turn off the life support machine as they needed it on until they could go in for surgery to remove his organs.
Lewis, who has being declared dead, miraculously, started breathing hours before the surgery to remove his organs began.
Chloe Roberts, said in an online fundraiser for Lewis: “On March 13, Lewis suffered catastrophic head injuries when he was struck by a van in his hometown of Leek and was flown to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.
“Four days later, the doctors broke the news to our family that nothing more could be done as he had unfortunately suffered a ‘brain stem death’ and sadly passed away.
“After saying our goodbyes to Lewis, close family bravely agreed for his organs to be donated to help the lives of seven other people.
“This bought Lewis extra time before his life support machine was turned off. Just hours before Lewis’ surgery, he began to breathe again on his own. A miracle any family could wish for after being told he had zero chance of pulling through.
“After this Lewis has carried on progressing. He has started to react to pain tests, moving his limbs on his own, and also moving his head from side to side, blinking and also moving his mouth. Every day, this boy is getting stronger.
“Many people have asked to send money for a pint for Lewis. Any money that is sent will be for Lewis when he is home and back on his feet.
“We would just like to say, as a family, thank you so much and we are very grateful for everyone’s prayers and best wishes for Lewis.”
More than £1,000 has already been raised for the 18-year-old through the ‘A Pint for Lewis’ online appeal.
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