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Maryland Native in Near-Death Accident, Recovers, Competes in Ironman Race

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Athletes from nearly 60 countries will make their way to Dorchester County in time for this weekend's Ironman Maryland race.

And as athletes file in and pictures are taken, memories will be made. They're memories that hold special meaning for athlete Brian Boyle and his wife, Pam.

Fourteen years ago, Boyle was hit by a large dump truck while attempting to cross an intersection. His injuries, Boyle says, were catastrophic.

"My heart went across my chest. I sustained shattered ribs, shattered pelvis, collapsed lungs," Boyle said. "Pretty much every major organ was damaged and I lost 60 percent of my blood."

Barely alive and unsure if he'd ever walk again, Boyle got 36 blood transfusions followed by 14 major surgeries. It took him three years to recover.

"For me to cross the finish line, it's going to be bittersweet," Boyle said.

It's a tragedy from 14 years ago that's turned into a 14-month-old miracle. The Boyle's baby daughter, Clara, will join Pam, cheering and watching their hero swim 2.5 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26 miles. Boyle will compete in Saturday's race with a special race suit decorated with 36 red crosses for all 36 people who saved his life.

"Just the fact that Clara's here is because he's here," Pam said.

Saturday's Ironman race will be Boyle's sixth since his accident.

"I'm going to keep going for them," Boyle said. "I'm going to keep going for all these people that are believing in me."

The Ironman organization selected Boyle as one of their race ambassadors celebrating its 40-year anniversary.

 

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