Fight of his life
FOLLOWING HIS HORRENDOUS BEATING AND HIT-AND-RUN INJURIES, Billy VALIANTLY STRUGGLES TO SURVIVE AS THE ODDS FOR HIS RECOVERY STACK UP AGAINST HIM
Comatose and completely unresponsive to everything and everyone around him, Billy’s chances of surviving the extensive injuries he suffered during his bookmaker’s beating and then when he was accidentally hit with a car are looking grimmer with each passing hour. His condition is deteriorating rapidly and his family is heatedly arguing about who’s to blame for his injuries and how to help him recover.
Suddenly, Billy’s (Burgess Jenkins) condition takes a turn for the worse as he goes into cardiac arrest. Despite being stabilised, it seems that his only chance of survival is immediate surgery.
However, Simon (Michael E. Knight) has studied Billy’s medical files and believes that surgery could kill him. Instead, he wants to use his medical protocols to treat Billy but the Abbott family is reluctant to go the experimental route. With Jill (Jess Walton) steadfastly opposed to anyone experimenting with her son’s life, Stitch (Sean Carrigan) referees the medical standpoints and finally suggests that surgery would be the better option.
Tragically though, Billy’s surgery fails, leaving him with very little brain activity. All that’s left is hope that a miracle will occur, leaving Jill and Victoria (Amelia Heinle) bemoaning the devastating possibility that Billy is lost to them forever. Ominously, Billy’s condition worsens and the doctors advise that the family has to choose whether to disconnect his life support.
Jill is adamantly against sacrificing her son’s life and prepares to rule as his next of kin until she discovers that Billy previously put Jack (Peter Bergman) in control of his affairs. Reluctantly, Jack makes the decision to remove Billy’s life support, knowing his brother wouldn’t want to live his life as a comatose invalid.
The decision is made for the Abbott family to gather around Billy’s (now Jason Thompson) hospital bedside to say their final goodbyes to him. With emotions in overdrive, Jack sanctions the shutdown of Billy’s life support and cries for his brother to “be at peace”. With the procedure underway, Billy endures an outof-body experience and says “I’m still alive” as he watches his family grieve for him.
Feeling responsible for the crippling alcohol and gambling addictions that have driven him to the brink of death, Billy gives his loved ones advice to go on without him. Struggling with the idea of dying, Billy suddenly receives an angelic visit from his daughter Delia (Sophie Pollono) who encourages her dad to continue living. She’ll be okay without him in heaven because she knows he’s not ready to die, she says.
Buoyed by Delia’s words, Billy resolves to live as his heartbeat begins to miraculously improve. With Victoria keeping a constant vigil over him, Billy finally revives and assures her that he knows how lucky he is to be alive. His only thought is of getting well again and seeking redemption for the many sins he’s committed because he now knows how much he’s hurt Victoria and their children.
Billy (Burgess Jenkins) comes close to having his life support switched off. JACK VICTORIA