'Dead' teen wakes up just before organs were to be donated

Yahoo News Staff
·2-min read

A teenager declared dead started showing signs of life just hours before he was set to donate his organs.

On March 13, Lewis Roberts was involved in an accident, where he was struck by a van, resulting in 'catastrophic" head injuries in Leek, England.

"Officers were called to Broad Street, Leek, shortly after 3pm on Saturday following reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and a pedestrian," a Staffordshire Police spokesperson said according to Leek Nub News.

Lewis Roberts was declared dead, hours later, he started showing signs of life. Source: GoFundMe
Lewis Roberts was declared dead, hours later, he started showing signs of life. Source: GoFundMe

He was rushed to hospital by air and underwent emergency surgery, though on March 17, doctors told his family nothing more could be done to save the 18 year old.

The doctors said Lewis had suffered a "brain stem death", a GoFundMe explains, and Lewis' family said their goodbyes.

The family decided Lewis' organs would be donated to help seven others, which bought Lewis some time before his life support was switched off.

Just hours before Lewis' surgery, he began to breathe again on this own, the GoFundMe explained. 

"A miracle any family could wish for after being told he was given a zero chance of pulling through."

Lewis started reacting to pain tests, moving his limbs and head without assistance, blinking and moving his mouth.

"Everyday this boy is getting stronger," the GoFundMe said.

In two days, £3,274 ($A5910) has been raised. All the proceeds will go to Lewis when he is back home and 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," the GoFundMe said.

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