‘Miracle’ teen in car crash still fighting for life after being declared dead
A teenager involved in a horror car crash is still fighting for his life days after being declared dead by doctors.
Lewis Roberts, 18, suffered catastrophic head injuries when he was struck by a van in Stoke-in-Trent, Staffordshire.
The youngster was flown to the Royal Stoke University Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.
Four days later on March 17, his sister Jade Roberts says doctors broke the news that nothing more could be done as he’d suffered a “brain stem death”.
His loved-ones bravely agreed for his organs to be donated – buying Lewis extra time before his life support was turned off.
But just hours later on March 18, he started to breathe again on his own.
Now Jade has described the former Leek High School student as a ‘miracle’ after he was given a zero chance of pulling through.
She has even shared an emotional video of her at his hospital bedside pleading for ‘amazing’ Lewis to take a breath.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Jade, aged 28, said: “After numerous tests, the hospital sat us down and said that Lewis was brain dead. He had given up the fight.
“They said he had suffered from a brain stem death and had passed away. Lewis was officially certified as dead. It was even reported to the coroner.
“We signed forms and were intending to say our final goodbyes.
“They asked us if we wanted to donate body parts and we agreed as he would have saved seven other people.
“Due to this we had to wait until 7am the following morning. If we’d had said ‘no’ they would have turned Lewis’ life support off there and then.
“We’d gone home to get some rest but went back to the hospital at midnight.
“I was speaking to Lewis and that’s when I noticed the four brown lines which we had waited days for on the monitor.
“I sat at his bedside asking him to breathe after counting 1, 2, 3 and he did. We were told ‘no’, it must be an error.
“The nurses thought it could be water in the ventilator but a doctor then came and confirmed Lewis was breathing on his own at around 3.30am.”
Jade returned to Royal Stoke the following night – and noticed a small movement.
She added: “I was speaking to him and his head turned towards my side of the bed. Not long after this, the medics noticed the slight movements from Lewis himself.
“We had been told he was brain dead and suffered brain stem death and was literally certified as dead.
“The hospital cannot even believe the miracle. They said they’ve never ever witnessed this.
“I’ve got mega mixed emotions, it’s just absolutely unbelievable. We are obviously so overwhelmed after hearing we lost our boy.”
Emergency services were called to the scene at the junction of Broad Street and Hartington Street at 3pm on March 13, with the air ambulance landing at nearby Westwood Golf Club.
Police are continuing to investigate what happened.
A spokesman said: “Inquiries are still ongoing with regards to establishing the circumstances around the collision and witnesses are still being spoken to.
“There won’t be any further update until these inquiries are completed.”
Anyone with information should contact the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit at [email protected] quoting incident number 413 of March 13.