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Teen hit by van mutters first words six months after being certified dead

A teenager spoke his first words six months after being hit by a van and “certified dead”, to tell his mum he loves her.

Lewis Roberts suffered catastrophic head injuries when he was struck by a van in Leek, Staffordshire on March 13, StokeonTrent Live reports.

Four days later, doctors announced that there was nothing they could do for him. Within hours, he was able to breath again.

The then 18-year-old pedestrian had been flown by air ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital where doctors told his family to say their final goodbyes as Lewis had suffered a ‘brain stem death’.



Four days after he was hit, doctors broke the news that nothing more could be done for Lewis
Four days after he was hit, doctors broke the news that nothing more could be done for Lewis

In an update on September 18, his sister Jade Roberts said that her brother, who turned 19 in hospital while in July, managed to speak “as clear as day.”

She said: “We want to scream from the rooftops, it’s the best feeling ever. Lewis has just spoken his very very very first words with my mum.

“After six months and three weeks of not saying one thing, Lewis said not just one word but a full sentence.

“He said: ‘Mum, I love you…. you’re the best’, as clear as day. As you can imagine mum is a crying, blubbering mess.



"Mum, I love you.... you're the best," Lewis said when he woke up
Lewis said: “Mum, I love you…. you’re the best,” when he woke up

“We’re all stupidly, stupidly overwhelmed. It’s unbelievable. He’s an amazing, amazing boy.”

Before he spoke and just after his family were told to say their goodbyes, Lewis’ family had agreed for his organs to be donated to help seven other people, but it appears now that this bought Lewis crucial extra time on life support.

Lewis began breathing again just hours after the surgery.

Lewis’ family was allowed to visit him during the pandemic, but someone in his bay has now tested positive for Covid. Visits will be stopped until further notice.



Just hours before the surgery, Lewis blinked and began to breathe on his own again
The 18-year-old was hit by a van

His sister added: “It’s a massive massive worry for us all now and torture not being able be with Lewis for what’s going to feel like a lifetime for us.

“I feel for poor Lewis having to be all on his own with no visits, it’s just heartbreaking. Although there have been many ups, downs, there are only six more days.

“We’re hoping and praying Lewis doesn’t get it as unfortunately they have still not been able to give him his jabs and he’s very vulnerable.”

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Teen hit by van mutters first words six months after being certified dead
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