If you’re a parent I’m sure you’ve heard the words “ Please Mom…just one more time” or “C’mon Dad, we gotta play just one more game”.
Brian Boyle was said to always be that kid who never wanted to slow down or give up. Sadly, in July of 2004 his life was turned upside down in only a matter of minutes. There were doubts that he would ever be the same, as a matter of fact, it was doubted that he would ever be the same again. He was an honors student and an exceptionally talented state-level athlete. He was on his way home from swim practice when a dump truck slammed into his car. The impact caused a huge amount of damage. Boyle’s lungs collapsed, his liver was lacerated and many of his bones were broken. This among quite a few other internal injuries left a very grim outlook for his future.
"No one thought he'd live," said his father, Garth Boyle. "He was still wet (from swim practice)."
Since then Brian Boyle has made an amazing recovery. "We just look at him and we're amazed," said his mother, Joanne Boyle.
Getting there was not and easy road. He spent two months in Prince Georges Hospital Center and a week in a rehab facility. After that he went home to continue to heal and strengthen himself with only the help of his parents.
It was Brian’s own personal determination and drive that made him able to prove the doctors wrong. They said he would never walk again. He was happy to be alive but he wasn’t going to settle for just living in his mind. Each day he made small goals to strengthen one part of his body. Sometimes it was a simple as squeezing and ball and other days it was to stand up from his wheel chair. Whatever the case, he was always thinking of ways to get his life back.
Where’s Brain now? Well, the now 22 year old Charles County resident attends St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Not only is he are his academics outstanding, he also competes in the triathlon endurance events that consist of swimming 2.4 miles, running 26.2 miles and biking 112 miles, all done consecutively!
His message that he sends out to just about anyone who will take the time to lend and ear… "You have to strive to keep going; don't give up. No matter how hard life gets, keep your head up and you can survive."
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