Brain dead boy makes miraculous recovery despite advice to switch off life support

Surgeons worried that a “brain dead” boy would not make it – but now thanks to a miraculous recovery he can laugh, cry and communicate again.

Taylor Reid’s devastated mum Cheryl, was advised three times by medics to consider switching her son’s his life support machine.

His mother was told that the chances of survival were just 2%, following a motorbike crash in Ballysillan, northern Belfast,  in May 2016.

Taylor had been racing most weekends since he was five, now aged 10 he was the prize-winning biker at the time.

Doctors informed Cheryl it was unlikely her son would “make it through the night” when she got to the hospital.


The second day we definitely thought he was away as his body started to swell,” she said.

Taylor would have been killed outright had he not been wearing a neck brace when he was knocked off his bike near their home, according to his mom.

The force of the crash sent his helmet flying off his head, because of the impact he was unresponsive and unable to breathe on his own.

At The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, he spent three weeks in intensive care and a further nine months on Paul’s ward.

Cheryl explains “He had multiple fractures in his skull and every part of his head was injured.”

They told me his brain had completely died and there was nothing they could do. When the accident first happened consultants asked, ‘Cheryl, do you think he realizes who you are?’, and I was like, ‘No’.”

The mother of three claims despite her “wee boy’s” bleak outlook, she and her husband David never gave up.

During his nine-month stay in the hospital, Cheryl who was heavily pregnant David and Taylor’s little sister Brooke were always by his side.

Taylor is now 12-year-old and is reacting to his baby brother Cole, who visited him each day was born just three weeks after his accident.

Cheryl puts it all down to his work with a private doctor he has seen every week for the past year in Belfast.

The 31-year-old added: “Doctor Goshi (at the Craniaa Neuro Rehab Centre) has just literally retrained his whole brain – he’s a miracle worker.  At the start, there was no response whatsoever, but now when I bring him every Tuesday, his eyes are wide open and he’s smiling – all the things they told me he would never be able to do again. He responds and knows every single word you are saying to him now. They wanted me to register him blind, but I knew in my gut that he wasn’t and the speech therapist said last week they think he’s seeing everything and is starting to spell through his eyes now. He says ‘yes’ and ‘no’ and is spelling out pictures and has complete understanding. It’s just been persevering with the treatment and the therapy and it’s really starting to pay off.”

According to his mother, the private two-hour weekly treatments are expensive but worth every penny just to see her son laugh again.
She also adds “That was like giving me a million pounds because they told me he would never be able to do that, they told me his emotions were gone and that he would never feel pain. Basically that his body was breathing, but he was gone. Now he’s crying and about five months ago he started smiling, and he’s laughing too. We are getting wee bits of him back and you can see his personality now, but it’s definitely down to Dr Goshi.  I am so glad I have stuck with it. He’s amazing, that man.“Taylor didn’t know what planet he was on, but since he started treating him, he’s a different wee boy. With the help of Dr. Goshi, he is trying to walk. It’s unbelievable.”

But the family, won’t’ stop there as they have relocated to Glengormley into a much better house for to cater for Taylor’s needs.

Cheryl added: “I do believe he will bring him on further. We’re now talking about going to India for stem cell therapy.”

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