An 18-year-old who was declared brain dead after being hit by a van was hours away from having his organs removed for donation when he started blinking and breathing by himself.
Lewis Roberts, from Leek, Staffordshire, was struck by a van in his hometown on March 13 and suffered catastrophic head injuries.
He was flown by air ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital where his family were told four days later he had lost his fight for life and to say their final goodbyes.
They agreed to donate Lewis’s organs to help seven other people, but just hours before the surgery the teenager began to breathe again on his own.
Lewis Roberts, from Leek, Staffordshire, (pictured) was struck by a van in his hometown on Saturday March 13, suffering catastrophic head injuries
More than £2,000 has already been raised for Lewis through an online fundraiser titled ‘A Pint for Lewis’, which was set up yesterday.
Organiser Chloe Roberts said: ‘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.
Messages were posted about Lewis on social media wishing him well as he continues to battle for his life
‘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.’
Lewis, a former Leek High School pupil, from Blackshaw Moor, was knocked over on Broad Street, in Leek, near its junction with Hartington Street.
His sister Jade Roberts, 28, said last week: ‘After taking out numerous tests the hospital told us Lewis had given up the fight, no response and had suffered brain stem death’.
‘We signed forms you wouldn’t even believe and conversations you’d never believe.. we were intended to say our final goodbyes.
‘Lewis was officially certified as dead last week And his death was even reported to the coroner.
‘I headed up at midnight. I held Lewis hand and asked him to breath after 1 2 3… We were waiting for a brown line to show for many days, to show he had taken a breath for himself but we had nothing.
‘When I said breath the brown line showed and he took a breath… We were told no it must be an error impossible.
‘And they are sorry and they understand its such a difficult time for the family. We agreed no Lewis can hear us.
He was flown by air ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital where his family were told four days later that Lewis had lost his fight for life
‘I got back home to a phone call… ”Lewis is breathing now” .. His eyes are dilating which before we had nothing. Zero.
‘And to be told he was brain dead and suffered brain stem death and was literally certified as dead.
‘The hospital family can not even believe the miracle they said they’ve never ever witnessed this and Lewis is the second person in the whole wide world to do this.
‘Mega mega mixed emotions.. Just absolutely unbelievable. Please keep praying we are obviously so so over whelmed after hearing we lost our boy.’
Staffordshire Police investigating the collision.
Anyone with any information should call the police on 101, quoting incident number 413 of March 13.
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