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This young athlete’s memoir of survival after a catastrophic car accident is “a moving, remarkable story of the power of the mind and the body” (Booklist).
In the blink of an eye, Brian Boyle’s life was over—almost.
On July 6, 2004, eighteen-year-old swimmer and bodybuilder Brian Boyle’s car was obliterated when a dump trunk plowed into it. Airlifted to a shock-trauma hospital, he had lost 60 percent of his blood, his heart had moved across his chest, and his organs and pelvis were pulverized. To help him survive, he was put into a medically induced coma for two months.
When Brian finally woke up, he had no memory of the accident. He could see and hear, but not move or talk. Unable to communicate, he heard words like “vegetable” and “nursing home.” If he lived, doctors predicted he might not be able to walk again, and certainly wouldn’t be able to swim. Refusing to endure such an existence, he painstakingly clawed his way back to the living. First blinking his eyelids, then squeezing a hand, then smiling, he gradually emerged from his locked-in state. But his fight was only beginning.
Iron Heart is the moving, inspiring first-person account of Brian Boyle’s ordeal and miraculous comeback. With enormous fortitude he learned to walk, then run, and eventually, to swim again. With a dream of competing in the Ironman Triathlon spurring him on, Brian defied all odds, and three and a half years after his accident, crossed the finish line in Kona, Hawaii.
He wasn’t supposed to survive. Or move, talk, walk, or swim. But Brian Boyle never did what he was supposed to do. Here, Brian’s inspiring journey from coma to Kona is brought to life.