to Brian's story from the Diamond Event (MP3)
A brave teenager from Renfrew owes his dream of representing Scotland
in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games to the skills of medical
staff at the Southern General Hospital.
And his proudest moment so far came when he carried the Olympic
Torch through London as part of the build up to the Beijing Games
in China this summer, despite the protests by Free Tibet supporters
which marred part of the route.
But 14 years ago survival was the goal for Brian Thomson who was
left fighting for his life after falling 40ft from a building in
his home town.
Now a proud holder of two gold medals for judo at the 2005 Special
Olympics held in Glasgow, Brian (17) proved himself to be a battler
from an early age.
He had to be revived twice by staff at the Southern General when
his heart stopped, and spent five weeks in a coma.
Left paralysed and brain damaged, the teenager not only learned
to walk again, but discovered a talent for judo when he began attending
an after-school club.
Brian said: I went along to this after-school club and I
just seemed to pick up the sport quite easily.
Now representing Scotland in the 2014 games is my dream.
Shona Forsyth, an Outreach Nurse for Neuropaediatrics at the Southern
General, played a key role in Brians recovery, helping him
progress out of intensive care and into a ward at the hospital
Working with other professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational
therapists, Shona supported Brian and his family when he was discharged
and started school.
The plucky youngster was bullied, but stood up to his tormentors
and was made head boy.
Shona provides an outreach service and remains in contact with
the Thomsons and has been able to help them resolve various problems
and access different services within the NHS to maintain Brians
She said: Judo has been Brians salvation and he and
his family have been very tenacious in helping him achieve the best
he can through sport.
Brian is a trier, he doesnt sit back and think oh
His head injury has left Brian with problems, but he has
still managed to achieve such a lot, after all not everyone can
say that they have carried the Olympic Torch!
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