Brian Boyle shares story of tragedy to triumph at Blarney Breakfast
MANCHESTER - A little more than ten years ago Brian Boyle had just graduated from high school, when one day while driving he was hit by a dump truck.
Boyle said, "The injuries were catastrophic. My heart went across my chest, shattered ribs, shattered pelvis, collapsed lungs, just about every major organ was damaged and I lost about 60% of my blood."
Boyle had 14 major surgeries while in a two month coma and on life support. Doctors brought him back to life 8 times.
Boyle said, "I also found out about the anonymous blood donors and 36 blood transfusions and 13 plazma treatments so when I heard about that I knew I wanted to be a Red Cross Volunteer one day and give back 9:15:57
Now he's a national spokesperson for the American Red Cross sharing his amazing survival comeback story to raise awareness about the need for blood donations.
Tuesday he spoke at the 15th annual Bob Baines Blarney Breakfast in Manchester.
Red Cross board member Ed Brouder said, "So you only have about 8% of the American population carrying the load for the rest of us, so we always try to encourage the people who do give blood to give more often, and for people who have never given blood to consider it."
Boyle's story about transforming a tragedy into a triumph earned him guest appearances on the Ellen DeGeneres show and several other national television programs.
It took him three years to recover. Boyle said, "It was day to day learning how to transform back into life being reborn.
Now he takes nothing for granted. In 2007 Boyle competed in his first triathlon. Since then he's competed in 36 triathlons and marathons combined.
Boyle also has a "Sleeves Up" campaign where he's looking for 100 blood donors. For each donor he will run a mile in April. Click here for more information.