Real-life Iron Man with titanium skull told he should be dead makes miracle recovery after eight months in a coma
An injured golfer has become a real-life Iron Man after doctors replaced his skull with TITANIUM.
Leo Tarrant, 34, from Worcester, received devastating brain injuries in an accident three years ago and he spent eight months in a coma.
Medics believed he would die or be left severely disabled but after pioneering doctors added the metal to his skeleton he has made a complete recovery and been proclaimed a medical miracle.
Leo said: “I can’t believe I have got to where I am – I really shouldn’t be here with my injuries.
“Now I’m better and back at work I can’t wait to play up the superhero comparisons!”
After sustaining severe brain injuries in a mystery accident outside his home Leo was in a comatose state for eight months and doctors informed his family his prospects were not good.
Staff at Coventry University Hospital removed half of his skull to for six weeks to drain his brain and replaced it with titanium plates.
And when he finally woke up, it was like the clock had been rewound to the day he was born and he was unable to talk or walk or even move.
Doctors still believed that he would need round-the-clock care and his consultant Dr Eliezar Okirie was astounded when he gradually learned to sit up and speak again.
They have put his remarkable recovery down to his positive attitude and now the walking miracle has returned to work as a golf-pro and the only legacy of his injuries is a lack of a sense of smell.
Leo said: “I’ve amazed a lot of people.
“When I had my last consultation with Dr Okirie before I was discharge the room was full of people who had asked to observe because I was considered to be a scientific miracle.
“I was told the textbooks said I should be dead and it was unbelievable I’d survived.
“Failing that, I should have been severely disabled.
“Dr Okirie said he’d studied my case very closely because he wanted to work out how I’d recovered as there was no scientific or medical reason for it.
“They said that they only thing they can put it down to is my positive attitude.
“I think I got that from my mum who is incredibly positive.
“My father died when he was 35 so she had to bring me up single-handedly and I guess her positive attitude has rubbed off on me.
“The consultant told me there’s something in me that wasn’t in other people – I never asked any bad questions and only ever tried my hardest.
“He wondered if being so positive was the reason for me getting better.
“I never accepted that I wouldn’t be able to recover.
“I worked towards every tiny piece of progress like it was the most important thing in the world and step by step everything came back.
“And if it weren’t for the help and support of my family, friends and the Professional Golfers’ Association Benevolent Fund, I would never have been able to get back on my feet.
“I’ve got no recollection of the accident – it doesn’t look like I was mugged but perhaps I was hit by a car.
“But now I’m in better shape mentally than I’ve ever been and I want to put all this behind me rather than try and find out what happened.
“There are just a few quirks since my recovery like the lack of sense of smell and the metal skull.
“I went on holiday recently and as soon as I walked through the security scanners the beepers went crazy.
“I had to very quickly explain that the majority of my skull is actually made of titanium now.
“I’ll definitely be making the most of the Iron Man reference with my fellow golfers!”