The Sun (UK) 24 April 2012
A CAR crash victim declared brain-dead by four doctors made a “miracle” recovery after his parents begged for a second opinion moments before his life support was to be switched off. Steven Thorpe suffered horrific injuries when he was in one of three cars that collided with a horse that had run loose. One of his friends and the animal died in the smash. (Doctors) asked his parents to consider donating his organs but Steven’s dad begged medics to reconsider and enlisted private GP Julia Piper to examine his son. Dr Piper agreed Steven had a chance of recovery and got doctors to agree to fresh tests, which found faint brain waves after all. NHS chiefs agreed to bring the lad out of his coma to see if he could survive unaided — and he has since stunned them by making a remarkable recovery.