Teenager came out of a coma just as life support was about to be switched off, saving his life

Teenager came out of a coma just as life support was about to be switched off, saving his life

Brooklyn Peakman, from Denbighshire, Wales, had a stroke after a 19-hour operation to replace a defective heart valve.

Doctors told his distraught mother Kelly Northall that he had no chance of survival at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

When they were about to turn off the machine, a stroke specialist observed brain activity and suggested more tests.
Then he awoke and said ‘I love you'.

Brooklyn was responding to his mother's voice, which showed brain activity, and miraculously on Christmas Eve he managed to tell his mother he loved her.

‘It was the finest Christmas present ever,' she said.
The Meliden Football Club player was born with a cardiac abnormality and had major heart surgery twice in his first 36 hours.

A year ago, he was told he required another surgery to insert a mechanical valve.

But lack of intensive care beds forced five cancellations.

The teen's surgery ‘didn't go as planned'.

Brooklyn now requires a heart transplant and will spend at least a year in hospital recovering.
Doctors have warned his family that another stroke might kill him.

Ms Roberts provided additional information: ‘Brooklyn is on dialysis and has had a heart operation so the doctors have full control.

‘His lungs and liver have also had difficulties, which are now being addressed.

‘His poor mother and girlfriend are in a state of flux. It's been quite difficult for them and their family.' Kelly has also been warned that another stroke might kill Brooklyn, so you can imagine her feelings right now, but the good news is Brooklyn is getting stronger and fighting the odds.

They hope to move on to custard after he ate some jelly from his mother.

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