Triathlete Brian Boyle was saved by 36 transfusions

Eight years ago, on a summer day in Maryland, Brian Boyle was driving home from swim practice when a speeding dump truck slammed into the driver’s side door, crushing him in his seat.
The force of the crash literally shifted his heart from one side of his body to the other. The crash shattered his ribs and pelvis and lacerated his liver and lungs. He lost 60 percent of the blood in his body. He flat-lined eight times. The doctors weren’t sure he’d survive. They were less sure he’d walk again.
Now, after several emergency surgeries, blood transfusions and months of therapy, he’s not only walking, he’s running. And swimming. And biking.
Boyle, 26, is a triathlete. He has competed in more than 30 endurance events, all in the name of the American Red Cross, the organization that made his 36 lifesaving blood transfusions possible.
He is a motivational speaker and voluntary spokesman for the American Red Cross. Boyle visited Omaha on Thursday to speak to local Red Cross organizers and volunteers about the importance of their work and to tell his story.
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