BOOKS

Iron Heart: The True Story of How I Came Back from the Dead

 

On the way home from swim practice, eighteen-year-old athlete Brian Boyle’s future changed in an instant when a dump truck plowed into his Camaro. He was airlifted to a shock-trauma hospital. He had lost sixty percent of his blood, his heart had moved across his chest, and his organs and pelvis were pulverized. He was placed in a medically-induced coma. When Brian finally emerged from the coma two months later, he had no memory of the accident. He could see and hear, but not move or talk. Unable to communicate to his doctors, nurses, or frantic parents, he heard words like “vegetable” and “nursing home.” If he lived, doctors predicted he might not be able to walk again, and certainly not swim. Then, miraculously, Brian clawed his way back to the living. First blinking his eyelids, then squeezing a hand, then smiling, he gradually emerged from his locked-in state. The former swimmer and bodybuilder had lost one hundred pounds.

 

Iron Heart is the first-person account of his ordeal and his miraculous comeback. With enormous fortitude he learned to walk, then run, and eventually, to swim. With his dream of competing in the Ironman Triathlon spurring him on, Brian defied all odds, and three and a half years after his accident, crossed the finish line in Kona, Hawaii.

 

Brian’s inspiring journey from coma to Kona is brought to life in his acclaimed memoir.

 

 

Swim Bark Run

Daisy the Bulldog has gone to every one of her owner’s triathlons. She’s proud of his athletic accomplishments, and is always there to greet him at the finish line.

Daisy wonders if she could train and compete for an event like that. So she gets her doggy friends, Rascal the Dachshund, Atticus the Corgi, and Hobie the Dalmation to make their own dog-athalon.

They plot a course through the park and train daily: swimming across the pond, skateboarding down the sidewalks, running up and down the hill.

Finally, it’s the big day, and the poochy pals couldn’t be more excited. The course is tough, but they help one another along the way, cheering to keep going, challenging to do their very best.

On the final hill, Daisy’s tired and not sure she can make it to the finish line―until she spots a familiar (human) face, rooting for her along the way. “Go, Daisy, go! Swim, bark, run. Go, Daisy, go! Just have fun!”

A charming celebration of setting goals and staying active, SWIM BARK RUN demonstrates that with determination and teamwork, everyone’s a winner.

 

The Patient Experience: The Importance of Care, Communication, and Compassion in the Hospital Room

Brian Boyle nearly died at eighteen when a dump truck plowed into his vehicle. When he arrived at the hospital he had lost sixty percent of his blood, his heart had moved across his chest and his organs and pelvis were pulverized. He was immediately placed in a medically induced coma that lasted two months. In Brian's second book, The Patient Experience: The Importance of Care, Communication, and Compassion in the Hospital Room (Skyhorse Publishing), Brian focuses on his time as a patient.  After emerging from the coma, Brian was unable to move or talk to anyone around him, yet he was able to hear, see and feel pain. Miraculously he slowly clawed his way back to the living and found the strength to live to tell his story in his acclaimed memoir, Iron Heart.
 

Now Brian provides vital information from the patient’s perspective to help caregivers gain valuable insight that will help them understand new ways on how to provide care to both patients and their families. By completion of this book, the participant will be able to:

 

  • Recognize the variety of feelings and emotions of the patient

  • Identify simple methods and interventions to provide emotional support to relax the patient

  • Determine the importance of particular amenities to a patient who may be unable to communicate

  • Evaluate patient life-history to determine appropriate intervention techniques

  • Understand the motivational role that communication has between the healthcare provider and the patient and his or her family


Brian’s story about catastrophe, survival, and transcending all odds has implemented new and innovative strategies for improving patient safety and quality of care on a national level, as well as serving as a learning experience for healthcare providers of all levels and backgrounds. When it comes to the patient experience, Brian has become a mouthpiece for the voiceless.

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