On March 9, 38-year-old father-of-two Benjamin Bray was riding his motorbike when he was involved in a horror road accident with another car.
Even though he was wearing a helmet, the injuries to his head were fatal and he died right away. “He died at the scene,” brother Matthew said. “They sent the air ambulance and they put tubes in his throat to help him breathe but his brain had shut down.”
Bray was airlifted to the St. George’s Hospital in London and doctors put him in a medically induced coma because of how bad his head injuries were. After a few weeks, Bray still hadn’t made any improvement and doctors urged his family to take him off life support.
Bray’s family knew the odds were slim that he’d wake up, but still couldn’t take him off the machine keeping him alive.”Luckily we made the choice not to switch it off and he started to breathe again within a couple of days while he was still on the machine, but unfortunately he has got brain damage,” Matthew said.
“It is nice that he is here considering we were left with a decision to turn off with his machine. He would have left us two weeks ago,” Matthew said. So far, Bray is stable, can breathe on his own, and can swallow food. However, it will take six months to understand the extent of the brain damage. “He is definitely defying the odds. Doctors have asked if they can use his case for medical students and university.”
“He is definitely a fighter. The family is keen to get the message across that he would also almost certainly have died if he had not been wearing a crash helmet. The police have told us that Benjamin wasn’t speeding and wasn’t to blame. It shows the importance of wearing a helmet when these things happen.”
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[Featured image: Facebook/Ben Bray]