A teenager declared brain dead by four doctors in Britain made a miraculous recovery after his emotive parents requested 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 claimed the life of his schoolfriend, the Daily Mail reported.
Steven was 17 when he suffered horrific injuries after the smash four years ago. 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 county, 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.
National Health Service 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. Incredibly, just five weeks later Steven was discharged from hospital. Now four years later speaking about his amazing recovery Steve said. “The doctors were telling my parents that they wanted to take me off the life support. The words they used to my parents were “You need to start thinking about organ donations”. My dad thought “No way”. 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.’