A weight-lifting father who lost his leg and went into a coma for a month after a horrible motorcycle accident, his injuries did not keep him from the gym.
Marek Roscher left his left leg amputated, a lump removed from his hip, his stomach stitched together and his arm held in place with metal pins after the collapse in June 2016.
The 31-year-old from Aurich, Germany, was hit at full speed by a car that catapulted him from his motorcycle and made him slide down the road.
He suffered a devastating brain injury when his head hit the asphalt, leaving him in a coma for a month.
When he woke up, he did not recognize his family and was deprived of his memory and speech.
Roscher spent six months in the hospital with daily physiotherapy sessions – to learn to walk with a prosthesis – and speech therapy.
But he has miraculously returned to the gym and has continued his weightlifting regime of six days a week.
Marek Roscher, from Aurich, Germany, was hit at full speed by a car on the highway while riding his bike in June 2016
The 31-year-old was catapulted from his motorcycle and sent over the road, with his head crushed over the asphalt and sustained a devastating brain injury and his left leg lost
When he awoke a month later from a coma, he did not recognize his family and was robbed of his memory and speech
Roscher, who is now wheelchair-bound, but still trains several times a week, spent six months in the hospital with daily sessions of physiotherapy and speech therapy
The father recalled his ordeal and said, “I was on my way to see friends after work with my ex-girlfriend, we were driving down the road and before I know I hit the front of a car.
“To this day, I don’t know exactly what happened, but it doesn’t matter now, because it can’t be undone. I spent a month in a coma and the doctors didn’t know if I would wake up or not.
‘When I woke up, it was terrible, I couldn’t talk, I didn’t recognize my friends and family. The only person I recognized was my daughter.
“The truth was terrible, but the only option I had was to fight and keep going. After many visits I slowly started to recognize people like my parents and friends again. ”
The father (circled) was launched from his bike when a car struck him during the horrific collapse in June 2016
Marek feeds a sheep with his daughter in Germany after his leg is amputated
He spent six months in the hospital with daily sessions of physiotherapy and speech therapy
The motor crash left him with a post-traumatic cerebral infarction, a condition in which dead brain tissue is formed and the brain is blocked by limited blood flow through the arteries. It brings him a great risk of a stroke.
He added: ‘The pain was unbearable and I had to take a lot of morphine every day. I have lost count of the number of operations that I have had to try to reassemble my body.
‘In the hospital I had to learn to speak and move my fingers again, and finally learn to write again. I could not write well, but at least I could write. “
“There were so many injuries at the same time. It is easier to make a list of things that work; my right arm and leg are fine, but I had a terrible injury to my head and left me with a cerebral infarction, my stomach was torn to pieces, my left arm was smashed like my left leg, which had to be amputated together with my hip when it became inflamed.
The motor crash left him with a post-traumatic cerebral infarction, a condition where dead brain tissue is formed and the brain becomes clogged
He slowly returns to his training regime despite his injuries, making various exercises too difficult to perform
WHAT IS POST-TRAUMATIC CEREBRAL INFARCTION?
A cerebral infarction is an area of necrotic tissue – or dead tissue – in the brain due to a blockage or constriction in the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the brain.
It occurs after a traumatic head injury such as a car accident.
The limited oxygen due to the limited blood supply causes an ischemic stroke.
The blockage can be due to blood clots or plaque that accumulates in blood vessels that lead to the brain.
Which arteries are problematic determine which parts of the brain are affected (infarction). About a third is deadly.
“My left arm is more metal than meat and my left bicep is not fully functional. I knew that the road to recovery would be long.
Before the crash, Mr. Roscher spent six days a week at the gym and rode his motorcycle on every opportunity he could.
He slowly returns to his training regime despite his injuries, making various exercises too difficult to perform.
And Mr. Roscher is now working full-time as an engineer again.
The father said he was at peace with his injuries and added: “I see the world completely differently. I am happy with simple things such as love and friends and not just material possessions.
“Most people are proud of me and some people send me messages that they are motivated because of my content on social media.
“Some things go very well for me, such as putting on my coat while standing on one foot. I work on things like trying to walk with prostheses, but I can only manage a few steps.
‘Stairs are the most challenging things for me because I am afraid I will fall. I want to work on this in the future. The biggest problem is my memory, but I can perform many tasks to help restore it, such as reading and writing.
“I fought and fought to get to where I am now and now my head is healed so well that I can drive my car again.
‘I also got my old job back and now I work for the company five days a week, just like everyone else.
‘I trained every day before and after the crash. The doctor thinks that’s the reason I survived the accident; my body was strong enough to overcome the long list of injuries I suffered. ”