Teenager who ‘died twice’ after heart op awakes from coma and tells mum ‘I love you’


Brooklyn Peakman was born with a faulty heart and had major surgery when he was just 12 hours old and was on a life support machine after an operation did not go according to plan

Kelly Peakman with her son Brooklyn
Kelly Peakman with her son Brooklyn

A teenager who ‘died twice’ awoke from a coma to tell his mum he loved her.

Brooklyn Peakman was fighting for his life after an operation replace a heart valve, NorthWalesLive reports.

Doctors thought there was no hope for after a 19-hour procedure and were hours from switching off his life support machines.

The 19-year-old, from Prestatyn, Wales, was on life support at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, after his operation “didn’t go according to plan”.

He was born with a faulty heart and had major heart surgery when he was just 12 hours old, and again when he was a day old.


Brooklyn Peakman was born with a faulty heart valve
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Following a six month check up earlier this year in Birmingham, Brooklyn was told he needed surgery to install a mechanical valve as soon as possible.

But keen footballer suffered from a huge stroke hours after his operation.

Doctors than told his heartbroken mother Kelly, there was little more they could do for him, as he would have suffered from severe brain damage.

Luckily, a stroke consultant assessed Brooklyn and advised that he still had brain activity, and to gradually withdraw his sedation so that he could be further assessed.

Family friend Hayley Roberts told NorthWalesLive : “Brooklyn was responding to his mother’s voice which obviously indicated brain activity, and miraculously on Christmas Eve he managed to tell his mum that he loved her, which left her in bits saying it was the best Christmas present ever.

“However Kelly has been warned that Brooklyn faces a very long road to recovery including at least 12 months in hospital.

“The operation has also left him in need of a heart transplant, and he can’t have that until he’s fit enough to have one.

“Brooklyn’s on dialysis, and he’s had an operation so that the medics are in full control of his heart. He’s also experienced lots of other issues with his lungs and liver so that is being dealt with too.”

Hayley added: “His poor mother and girlfriend are so up and down at the moment.

“It’s been so incredibly stressful for them and the rest of the family.

“Kelly has also been warned that if Brooklyn suffers from another stroke then it could kill him, so you can imagine how she’s feeling right now but the good news is Brooklyn is getting stronger and beating the odds that were stacked against him.

“He even managed to eat some jelly fed to him by his mum and they’re hoping to move onto custard.”

The teenager has spent the last two months at the hospital waiting for the operation and told his mum he feared he wouldn’t survive the operation.

Five times he was taken to surgery but every time it was cancelled at the last minute due to someone else needing an intensive care bed more urgently.

A Go Fund Me page, which has already raised nearly £3,500, has been set up to raise money for Brooklyn.

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