They said that I was in God’s Hands because I was; I am living proof that miracles happen. My name is Brian Boyle, and this is my story.
A month after I graduated high school in 2004, I was coming home from swim practice and was involved in a near fatal car accident with a dump truck.
The impact of the crash violently ripped my heart across my chest, shattering my ribs/clavicle/pelvis, collapsing my lungs, damage to every single organ and failure of my kidneys and liver, removal of spleen and gallbladder, losing 60% of my blood, severe nerve damage to my left shoulder, and in a coma where I was on life support for over two months at Prince Georges Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland, USA.
I don’t have a memory of the accident, or the few days before the day of the accident. The first thing that I remember after the collision, which is still so vivid in my mind even today, is being in this very large white tube. In this tube was a boy sitting to my left, and many other boys and girls on my right side (I use the term “boys and girls” because they appeared to be my age); I didn’t know why I was there or how I even got there in the first place.
The more I sat there, the more I was able to visualize my surroundings. The boy to my left had a cell phone, and he asked me if I needed him to call anyone for me. I told him “yes, can you call my parents and tell them that I love them.” The next thing that I remember is waking up in a hospital bed, chemically paralyzed and hooked up to all these machines. Through all the buzzes and beeps going off from the medical equipment that was saving my life at that instant, I could hear my mom and dad telling me in between dramatic pauses of crying hysterically that I was going to be okay.
Only moments before, I believe I was waiting in line to meet my final judgment, but it must have not been my time. Moments later, I had come back to life. This was just the beginning of my suffering.
I died eight times while I was in the intensive care unit and even when I woke up from my coma, I couldn’t talk or communicate. The day that they knew that I would live, was the day that I either left my room in a wheelchair or a body bag. As far as the future, it didn’t exist. Walking was never going to happen again due to all the extreme injuries and because of the shattered pelvis. The thought of swimming was just that, only a thought. Just like my body, my dreams were shattered. But, I didn’t give up because I knew that God had a plan for me.
After spending two months in a coma, 14 operations, 36 blood transfusions, 13 plasma treatments, I lost a total of 100 pounds and had to go to a rehabilitation center in Baltimore. I had to learn how to talk, eat, walk, shower, and live independently again. After that agonizing experience, I had to go to outpatient therapy in Waldorf, MD. After spending a few months in a wheelchair, I took baby steps to walk on my own. It was a miracle that I could walk again, but I wanted to prove the doctors wrong and not only walk, but run. After I accomplished that, I wanted to get back in the pool again. After a few lung tests, I was able to go in the pool a little bit each week.
Before the accident I had three goals: to go to college, swim on the team, and compete in an ironman triathlon one day. After a few months of swimming a few laps here and there with my training partner and good buddy, Sam Fleming, I decided that I was not going to let my injuries stop me from living my dream, and six months after that I began my freshman year at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and also was one of the swimmers to watch on the team. It’s very easy to go through and list these facts and make it look like everything just seemed to easily fall in it’s own perfect little place, but the truth of the matter is that it didn’t. It wasn’t easy, not then, and not now. The pain and the agony was real and it existed all the way through, in the good times and the very bad. It was not an easy situation to be in where you’re laying in a bed, staring at the ceiling, knowing that your life is over while your looking at a priest give you the last rights. I thought to myself over and over, why this situation had to happen to me. I was always a good kid, received good grades in school, and went to church. Why would something as horrific as this happen to me? Why would God allow this? I went on and on for days asking why?
And, then it hit me. All that thinking and pondering on the what-if scenario’s and the questionable doubt only stirred up another question – why was I saved? I didn’t have anymore questions after that. I know what my purpose in life finally is. With the 50 year life expectancy I was given from the doctors, I am just trying to live each day to the fullest and motivate and hopefully inspire other people, in their lives and in the faith. I have been labeled on several occasions that I am “Lazarus-like” because God brought me back to life. To inspire even more, I just successfully completed the Steelhead 70.3 half-ironman race in Michigan a few months ago, and was also given the inspirational athlete media slot to compete in the 2007 Ford Ironman World Championship where my story and race footage was broadcasted in the Ironman show premiere as the main feature on NBC on Dec. 1.
My story is about the recovery and the comeback, but I want to make it much more than that, I want to make a positive impact on the world. I am just trying to live each day to the fullest and motivate and hopefully inspire other people through my endeavors to never give up on their dreams, and to never stop believing in their faith in God no matter how bad a situation is because everything happens for a reason.
By Brian Boyle
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I am seeking a Lazarus miracle for my husband Brother Henry, he is on a ventilator in the hospital in Maryland. Your miracles keeps Hope a miracle for his miracle. We are expecting a miracle.
Thank you and may God continue to bless you.
God is great. He does everything for a purpose and good for His children.
Glory for HIM
i salute you sir. i liked this story
Salute to your willpower.. It’s not as easy as it sounds.. But this is an inspiring story.. Thanks for sharing your story..
That’s quite a good come back.. and it’s true that everything happens for a reason… Faith in God he’s already decide our life… What is better for us or what is not.. I have learn a lot from this story.. Thanks a lot for sharing it…
Brian you’re right .. everything happens for a reason.. believe and have faith in God.. miracle happens.. thank you for sharing your inspirational story.. thumbs up..
You are a living proof of ‘Miracle happens’ Brian!! You are a real fighter!! God bless you.
Thank you for sharing this inspirational story.
You really touched my soul Brian. In worst times I kept asking God the same question why me? But later realize we’re only supposed to give thanks coz God never err in His plans you understand this when u compare ur situation with another person who look much worse.
Hi Brian. This came right in time because I lost my job recently. I am helpless. I don’t know what to do. I don’t have anywhere to go. This story brings me little hope in my life.
God will never speak to us directly, you the people who are made by God to inspire us…
All glory, praise, honour and thanks be to our great and Almighty God for His wonders thru Jesus Christ the Saviour, amen.
Congratulations. You made it.
Thanks Brian for sharing this .. The challenges that I encountered in my life is just nothing compared to you but you were able to fight courageously…
I am now greatly convinced that power of strong determination,self faith and faith to God is truly amazing….. Nothing is impossible… You deserved a happy life..Wish you all the best..
God bless u brother…. all the very best…thank for sharing..
You are lucky, you have seen the God…. Thank you God & Mr. Brain.
God bless u Brian and all your dreams may come true in life. May your ages grow as your self-confidence is growing.
Because God exists…
Thank You Lord.. Thank You…
Thanks Brian, you’re the man… *two-thumbs-up*
Brian thank you so much for sharing your story of courage and of faith in God. You had given me a better outlook into the challenges of life – reading your story make me realize that there are far more individuals out there with bigger challenges and trials in their life than me.
Thanks for your faith …….it did help me strengthen my own. I pray for continued blessings from our Heavenly Father to be upon you and those around you for the support you need. You are one great hero!!!
The One-God is the Savior, the creator and the All-Powerful Lord!
Great inspiring message –be positive and be iron willed and be hopeful– leave rest to God/Divine Intelligence running this world ….
God will guide you through all the difficulties …. Our prayers for your happiness and great joy in life ….
Brian, you are going to live far beyond the 50 years the doctors told you. Because your faith alone is enough to take you through any number of years you wanna spend on this planet. God bless you.
Brian really you are a great man.
Everyone has a dream but they will try for sometime only, after that if don’t succeed they will change their dreams but you are really great.
May God bless you.
I admired you Brian for facing those challenges. God is so good all the time.
Your story makes me inspired Brian.
Thank you for sharing your story!!
God bless you!
It is simple for many people to say that Don’t Give up…
but to live a life where you have to face such challenges is really amazing… I salute your determination …. This story woke me up … I will now live life to its fullest … Thank you Brian … God Bless You !!!!
Brian, I liked the words – “I didn’t give up because I knew that God had a plan for me.”
Truly..God had and has definitely plans for you Brian. I wish you all the very best in your life. God bless you my friend.
– Pawan Kumar