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.

It was four days later that doctors broke the news that nothing more could be done for him. But just hours after that he started to breathe again on his own.

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’.

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.

"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.

Just hours before the surgery, Lewis blinked and began to breathe on his own again.

The family had been allowed to visit Lewis during the pandemic but now someone on his bay has tested positive for Covid so visits are off until further notice.

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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. There's been so many ups and downs but there's only another six days to go.

"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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