A Story of Survival
by Luis Corpin, MS, RN, CNOR
“In 2004 after his swim practice, Brian Boyle was involved in a very serious car accident with a dump truck. The accident was so bad the impact fractured most of his ribs collapsing his lungs and shifting his heart to one side. In addition, the accident fractured his pelvis causing severe blood loss, a fractured clavicle resulting in nerve damage to his left shoulder, and traumatic coma as a result. He was airlifted to Prince George’s Hospital Center where the best and experienced traumatologists worked non-stop to keep him alive. According to the Prince George’s Hospital Center’s staff familiar with his struggles, he coded eight times because of his injuries while he was in ICU, on life support, but the experienced staff always managed to bring him back. When he finally came out of the coma, he could neither talk nor communicate. His will to fight to be alive was so strong with the support of his loved ones and the hospital staff. The day he left the hospital for home was a triumph. The staff knew he was going to make it.
With multiple fractures and injuries, walking seemed to be impossible. Brian spent sometime recuperating in a wheelchair. After a few months and as soon as he regained his strength, he started walking using baby steps. He practically had to re-learn how to talk, eat, walk, shower, and live independently with the help of a rehabilitation center in Baltimore. Today, several years later, Brian beats the odds. He proved them wrong who said he will never be able to walk and live a normal life. He not only walks, but runs, bikes, and swims.
His strong will to live proves anyone can overcome injuries and pursue his/her dreams. After recuperating and waking from a nightmare of his life, Brian competed successfully in the 2007 and 2008 Ford Ironman World Championship held in Kona, Hawaii and Clearwater, Florida.
In June of 2009, he competed in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon held in San Francisco. Afterwards, in July the Nautica New York City Triathlon. Not stopping his momentum, in October, he again competed in the Baltimore marathon and the Marine Corps marathon in memory of his grandfather who was in the Marine Corps that fought in WW2. Continuing in November, he competed again in the New York City marathon, the Suntrust Richmond marathon, and the Philadelphia marathon all in one month.
Chronicling his experiences and how he beat the odds, he has published a book entitled “Iron Heart: The True Story of How I Came Back from the Dead” which he dedicated to Prince George’s Hospital Center, the hospital that brought him back after a horrific accident. The book is available online, various book stores, and the Hospital gift shop. He thanks Prince George’s Hospital Center for saving his life. He now has a different outlook in life, he tells others to savor the moments and make life the best you can make it.
Brian will continue to beat the odds and prove them wrong, strength comes from within and helps you shape what you want to accomplish in life.”