Mum ignored advice to switch off sons life support and next day he blinked

The mum of a man who was left fighting for his life in a coma, after he was hit by a speeding motorist, refused to switch off the machine keeping him alive and the next day it's understood he blinked.

Consultants at the hospital advised mum Dawn that her son, Lee Baxter, would not survive and to turn his life support machine off but she rejected the advice.

Lee was in his car heading to his 19th birthday celebrations when he was hit by a speeding Audi driven by Kevin Bernard in Bootle, Merseyside.

The vehicle was travelling at 86mph, three times the limit for the road, when it struck Lee leaving him with a severe brain injury, reports the Liverpool Echo.

At Liverpool Crown Court on Friday Bernard was sentenced to six years in prison in his absence after he fled at Christmas, missing his trial in May where he was found guilty.

Bernard, 43, of Riversdale Road, Aigburth, had previously denied causing serious injury by dangerous driving in the crash.

In an initial victim statement, Dawn said: "During this time I was told he had contracted a lung infection and part of the brain that had been damaged, the cerebellum, it's job is to keep blood pressure at a certain rhythm, was going haywire.

"I was told at this point I would lose my son and if he survived he would be mentally and physically disabled."

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Graham Pickavance, prosecuting, who read out the statement, commented: "She was advised by the consultants to turn the life support machine off. She refused and apparently the next day there was some response from him."

When Lee woke up he could not do anything and had to relearn everything and Dawn has spent the last three years helping him to rebuild his life.

Lee was left with slurred speech as a result of multiple strokes, nerve pain in the left side of his body, issues with balance, and also suffered from double vision. He continues to takes medication.

In an updated statement made in May, Dawn said: "Mentally, Lee is suffering. His confidence has gone. Before the crash Lee was always the class clown, making everyone laugh all the time.

"He just sits quietly, which is not Lee. I often find him looking at photographs of himself from before the crash and says to me 'why has this happened to me? I have to spend the rest of my life like this'."

Worryingly, she said he still has problems with his vision and is set for an operation but they have been warned he may lose his sight.

Dawn said he was also awaiting a new MRI scan because of brain problems and continues to battle issues with coordination.

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