Iron Heart

Iron Heart

The True Story of How I Came Back From the Dead

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Describes how young swimmer and bodybuilder Brian Boyle overcame a traumatic car accident that left him in a coma and relearned how to walk, run, and swim in order to realize his dream of competing in the Ironman triathlon.

Perseus Publishing
It was a horrific car crash. On the way home from swim practice, eighteen-year old Brian Boyle’s future changed in an instant when a dump truck plowed into his Camaro. He was airlifted to a shock-trauma hospital. He had lost sixty percent of his blood, his heart had moved across his chest, and his organs and pelvis were pulverized. He was placed in a medically-induced coma. When Brian finally emerged from the coma two months later, he had no memory of the accident. He could see and hear, but not move or talk. Unable to communicate to his doctors, nurses, or frantic parents, he heard words like ?vegetable” and ?nursing home.” If he lived, doctors predicted he might not be able to walk again, and certainly not swim. Then, miraculously, Brian 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. The former swimmer and bodybuilder had lost one hundred pounds.

Iron Heart is the first-person account of his ordeal and his miraculous comeback. With enormous fortitude he learned to walk, then run, and eventually, to swim. With his 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. Brian’s inspiring journey from coma to Kona is brought to life in this memoir.


Norton Pub
“Not since Lance Armstrong has an American athlete been so celebrated for dodging death and competing again.”—Washington Post
It was a horrific car crash. On the way home from swim practice, eighteen-year old Brian Boyle’s future changed in an instant when a dump truck plowed into his Camaro. He was airlifted to a shock-trauma hospital. He had lost sixty percent of his blood, his heart had moved across his chest, and his organs and pelvis were pulverized. He was placed in a medically-induced coma. When Brian finally emerged from the coma two months later, he had no memory of the accident. He could see and hear, but not move or talk. Unable to communicate to his doctors, nurses, or frantic parents, he heard words like “vegetable” and “nursing home.” If he lived, doctors predicted he might not be able to walk again, and certainly not swim. Then, miraculously, Brian 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. The former swimmer and bodybuilder had lost one hundred pounds.

Iron Heart is the first-person account of his ordeal and his miraculous comeback. With enormous fortitude he learned to walk, then run, and eventually, to swim. With his 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. Brian’s inspiring journey from coma to Kona is brought to life in this memoir.

Baker
& Taylor

Relates the amazing story of how the dream of competing in the Ironman triathlon prompted a formerly comatose man to renew his hope and strive to bring life back into his legs so that he could free himself of his wheelchair to join the race of a lifetime.
The author tells the story of his long, painful, longshot recovery from a near-fatal car accident at age 18 to eventually complete the Ironman Triathlon.

Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781602397712
1602397716
Branch Call Number: 796.092 BOYLE BOYLE
Additional Contributors: Katovsky, Bill

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