Accident victim awakes from coma 1½ months later, relies on artificial skull to stay alive

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A 33-year-old man miraculously awoke from a coma one and a half months after half his skull caved in during an accident along the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) towards East Coast, on May 14, 2016. 

At one point, he lost his sight and 35 per cent of his memory,  now relying on an artificial skull to stay alive. 

Ah Bi, then 31, was on his way home riding a motorcycle when he was hit by a car. 

He lost consciousness following the impact. 

He told Shin Min Daily News that when he awoke from his coma, it had already been one and a half months. 

The tremendous impact form the collision had damaged nearly half his skull.

As such, he suffered brain trauma and slipped into a coma. 

Said Ah Bi:

“When I woke up, I could not remember why I was in a hospital. My mother later told me that I had been in a coma for one and a half months. Over a 100 relatives and friends visited me during that time, and I am very touched.”

Ah Bi said that he had been riding since 2003, and although he had been in two minor accidents since then, the 2016 accident was by far, the most serious of them all. 

He added:

“I do not have any memory of the accident at all.”

Recalling the moment she first came to know about her son’s accident, Ah Bi’s mother said that although her son survived the accident, he had to undergo five operations.

Even so, Ah Bi’s ability to speak has been compromised.

Many skills and knowledge pertaining to work have also been forgotten.

Despite having recuperated for more than a year, Ah Bi still has not fully recovered. 

He revealed that the artificial skull is attached using staples, and had to be removed once after the wound became infected. 

Reporters noted that there were more than 50 staples in the photo. 

Despite the lingering repercussions of the accident, Ah Bi said he was grateful.

“The doctors once told me that I could have died while I was in my coma. To have awakened is already a miracle, so I learnt to value my life.

“I won’t be riding a motorcycle again.”

He also encouraged motorists to be more careful when they are on the road, to prevent accidents from happening. 

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Thursday, February 15, 2018 – 12:27

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