They kept my skull in a freezer to save me

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - JACK MORPHET

LOOK­ING at Cooper Martin-Weisse to­day, you couldn’t tell that he spent a chunk of last year in hospi­tal with an even big­ger chunk of his skull be­ing kept in their freezer.

Cooper was skate­board­ing along­side his mum, Rachel Martin, on a Fri­day night in their home town of Berry when he hit a stone and flew off, hit­ting the ground face-first. Air am­bu­lance rushed Cooper to Syd­ney Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Rand­wick, while an on-board doc­tor in­duced a coma.

“Cooper was in a coma for two weeks, which was a liv­ing night­mare spent watch­ing all the mon­i­tors ev­ery minute of ev­ery day,” Ms Martin said.

Doc­tors needed to sur­gi­cally re­move part of Cooper’s skull above his eye to relieve swelling caused by trau­matic brain in­juries. When doc­tors even­tu­ally woke Cooper up, there was no telling how his brain would func­tion.

“The most beau­ti­ful thing I have ever seen was Cooper’s name that he’d writ­ten on a piece of pa­per af­ter wak­ing up,” Ms Martin said.

The Martin fam­ily has urged read­ers to go to and do­nate to the Gold Ap­peal, aimed at rais­ing funds for crit­i­cal hospi­tal ser­vices.

Cooper and mum Rachel Martin.

Cooper Martin-Weisse.

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