Please forward this error screen to sharedip-23229196195. The boy who came back from the dead: Experts said car crash teen was beyond hope. Read this: The boy who came back from the dead: Experts said car crash teen was beyond hope. They were told there was no chance the brain development of a teenager their son surviving after he suffered devastating injuries in a car crash.
Steven lay in a coma, John and Janet Thorpe rejected advice to switch off his life support machine. A neurosurgeon found faint signs of brain activity and two weeks later, Steven woke from his coma. Within seven weeks, he had left hospital. And four years on, the trainee accounts clerk says he owes everything to the persistence of his parents. I feel so lucky that my parents wouldn’t take no for an answer. The schoolboy was travelling in a Rover with two friends in February 2008 when a stray horse ran into the path of the car in front of them.
His friend Matthew Jones, 18, was killed in the accident. Steven suffered serious injuries to his face, head and arm, and was declared brain dead two days later. The doctors were telling my parents that they wanted to take me off the life support. I think that’s what gave my dad energy. They still believed I was there. When they sat around the bed they had the feeling I was there and some words they said to me I reacted to.
I think if my dad had agreed with them then I would have been off the life support machine in seconds. Accountant Mr Thorpe, 51, contacted private GP Julia Piper, known for her work in traditional and alternative medicines. Moved by their story, she asked a neurosurgeon whom she knew to visit Steven at University Hospital in Coventry. Incredibly, he concluded that Steven was not brain dead and that there was still a slim chance of recovery.
Doctors agreed to try to bring Steven out of his chemically-induced coma to see if he could survive. Two weeks later, he woke up. It’s very worrying to think that more than one specialist had written me off. Hopefully it can help people see that you should never give up.