They kept my skull in a freezer to save me
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 goldtelethon.org.au and donate to the Gold Appeal, aimed at raising funds for critical hospital services.
Cooper and mum Rachel Martin.