Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Steven Thorpe declared brain-dead by FOUR doctors is saved moments before life support machine is switched off after parents beg for a second opinion

A teenager who was declared brain dead by four doctors made a ‘miracle’ recovery after his parents begged medics for a second opinion - moments before his life support was to be switched off.

Doctors described Steven Thorpe as 'truly a unique case' after he awoke from a two-week coma following a multiple car crash that left him needing a machine to stay alive.

Steven was 17 years old when he suffered horrific injuries after the smash which left another man dead.

He was placed in a chemically-induced coma and doctors said he would never recover - they even asked his devastated parents to consider donating his organs.

But Steven’s father begged doctors to reconsider and even enlisted private GP Julia Piper to examine him again after being convinced that their son could recover.

Doctors at University Hospital in Coventry, West Midlands, agreed to let a neurologist re-examine him and, astonishingly, he detected faint brain waves indicating Steven had a slim chance of making a recovery.

NHS chiefs agreed to bring Steven out of his coma to see if he could survive on his own and he stunned medics by making an almost full recovery. Read More