Motorcycle Crash Survivor Gary Brennan Looks Forward to Riding Again
Shortly after leaving a bikers' meeting last year in his hometown of Leeds, England, Brennan crashed his motorcycle head-on into an oncoming car. Although paramedics initially declared him dead when they arrived at the scene of the accident, they were able to revive him and bring him to a local hospital. At the hospital, Brennan's heart stopped two more times before he finally stabilized.
Overall, Brennan suffered from bleeding in the brain, three fractures in his spine, a collapsed lung, two broken shoulder blades and several broken ribs, and as part of his recovery he was placed in a medically induced coma for six weeks. His doctors told Visordown that they had never seen a living patient with more severe injuries.
Brennan has undergone 38 operations and currently uses a wheelchair, but he told the source that he is looking forward to riding a motorcycle again once he recovers.
"It’s hard going some days. But I am so incredibly lucky. Without the wonderful air ambulance crew, Kate and Daz who got me alive to hospital and Prof ‘G’ and the other amazing doctors and nurses I would have been long gone," said Brennan.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,290 people in the United States were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2008, the latest year for which statistics are available.
People who have survived a motorcycle accident can contact the Crash Survivors Network for resources and support as they recover from their injuries.