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UPDATE: Teen injured in horror crash out of coma

Bruklan was injured in a two-vehicle crash on Thursday. Photo: Facebook.
Bruklan was injured in a two-vehicle crash on Thursday. Photo: Facebook.

UPDATE Monday: 

THE mother of a Fassifern Bombers player rushed to hospital after a car accident at Peak Crossing says her son is awake, but still suffering from horrific injuries. 

Tracey Ashworth says her son Bruklan, known as BJ, has been brought out of his coma and is breathing on his own.

It's a positive sign following the accident last Thursday when BJ's ute collided with a truck.

His arm was amputated, his jaw was broken in two places and his liver was damaged. 

Now doctors have told Tracey her son is also suffering from a traumatic brain injury which is affecting his speech and movements. 

"It's too early to know what will happen," Tracey says. 

"We're taking it each day as it comes.

"It's horrifying. You try to look after your kids... he's a young adult but he's still my little boy."

Since the incident Tracey has been overwhelmed by messages of support and calls from BJ's friends and "footy family". 

BJ has been playing rugby league since he was five-years-old and the club, along with its members, has been "absolutely everything to him" since, Tracey says.

 

UPDATE 12PM:

THE teen who lost his arm if a horrific traffic accident is improving daily, his parents say.

Bruklan Marshall, also known as BJ or Brock by his friends, was seriously injured last Thursday when his ute collided with a truck in Peak Crossing.

READ MORE: Man suffers life-threatening injuries as ute and truck collide

He was airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he his arm was amputated and he was placed in an induced coma.

There he was also found to have a broken jaw in two places and a damaged liver.

The 18-year-old, who is a member of the Fassifern Bombers rugby league team, is now in a stable condition, the PA Hospital reports, and continues to undergo treatment.

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His step-father Darren Ashworth, who continues to update the tight-knit Scenic Rim on Bruklan's condition through social media, said the device which was monitoring the pressure in the teen's skull had now been removed and he had been showing signs of improvement.

"(There are) still issues with the left lung leakage and it remains partially collapsed," he said.

"Sedation is turned on and off during the day depending on procedures.

"(We have seen) some positive signs of responses from commands and recognition of his parents' voices."

Facebook has been flooded for the past week with messages of support for the popular 18-year-old, with friends and family sending their well wishes daily.

Bruklan Marshall has been identified as the victim of a horror crash on Thursday.
Bruklan Marshall has been identified as the victim of a horror crash on Thursday.

"That's great to hear he is doing well, each little step is a positive move towards recovery," Frances Mcauliffe said.

"Thoughts and prayers are with your son," Vickie Brown said.

"If we can help in any way, we're here," Natalee Klan said.

Peak Crossing local Carmel Molloy also offered her support.

"Sending strength and hope from our Peak Crossing family," she said.

"We are also here if anything is needed, big or small."

 

"Hope and prayers from Adelaide," Kerry Light said.

"Thinking of you and your family mate. Stay strong," Leeanne Kelly said.

His mum also thanked the community for their ongoing support.

"Thank you to everybody for your donations and your continued support for our son - the little fighter," she said.

More than $7500 has been raised by 92 people in less than a week through a MyCause online fundraising website set up by Bruklan's family.

UPDATE MONDAY:

THE mother of 18-year-old Bruklan Marshall has thanked the community for the 'overwhelming' report her son has received since he was involved in a serious crash last week.

Bruklan, known as Brock or BJ by his friends, was placed in an induced coma and had part of his right arm amputated after his ute collided with a truck on Thursday.

He was on his way to train with the Fassifern Bombers when the crash occurred.

An online fundraising page has now been set up to help the family.

he 18-year-old's mother Tracey Ashworth said her son was now stable in Princess Alexandra Hospital.

"They are reducing the coma medication just to see if they can get any response out of him," she said earlier today.

She said the Peak Crossing family was still in shock but was thankful for the overwhelming support Bruklan had received since the crash.

"The amount of messages we received on Facebook, words can't describe…," Mrs Ashworth said.

"We've just been overwhelmed with things and I don't know what we need right now. It's just a wait and see at the moment.

"People have been amazing, we spoke to the family whose house it happened in front of who had to witness it.

"I have spoken to the truck driver and he's devastated, he knew BJ from football as well."

Mrs Ashworth said her son's team mates were the ones who alerted them to the crash.

"BJ's mates were the ones that phoned us an hour after it happened because we were on holidays, we didn't know," she said.

"They were in the waiting room at the hospital.

"We just want to thank everyone for their support."

EARLIER:

AN IPSWICH 18-year-old has had his right arm amputated and has been placed in an induced coma after a horrific traffic accident on Thursday afternoon.

Bruklan 'Brock' Marshall has been identified as the victim of the accident where his Holden ute and a truck crashed while travelling in opposite directions on Warrill View Peak Crossing Rd.

He was flown to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious condition.

The teen, also known as BJ to his family and friends, was reportedly on his way to football training with the Fassifern Bombers when the crash occurred.

"Brock is doing as well as can be expected," the Bombers posted on their Facebook page.

"The family would like to thank everyone for their support and well wishes. We are all behind you, Brock. Please keep him in your prayers."

Bruklan's family has also taken to social media to update the community on his condition.

"(Thursday) was a very sad day for our family, our Brock Marshall was involved in the accident on his way to football training with the Bombers at Harrisville around 5.45pm," Darren Ashworth posted on a public Scenic Rim community Facebook page.

"His Holden Rodeo was torn in half and he was thrown metres from the vehicle."

Mr Ashworth detailed the injuries, which included two collapsed lungs, a severe head injury and multiple fractures.

"BJ being unconscious was then incubated and placed into an induced coma. It took around two hours to stabilise him."

The 18-year-old was airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital from Peak Crossing State School.

"There he was also found to have a broken jaw in two places and a damaged liver," Mr Ashworth said.

His family said orthopaedic and plastic surgeons spent six hours trying to save Bruklan's right arm but were forced to amputate.

"They had to amputate it in the mid upper arm," Mr Ashworth posted.

"He will remain in the induced coma for one to two weeks for further surgeries planned.

"We would very much like to thank everyone for their messages and prayers.

"Many thanks to the boy from football that assisted at the scene.

"Stay strong for BJ, it's going to be a long, hard road ahead."

 

A spokesperson for the PA Hospital yesterday confirmed Bruklan was in a critical but stable condition. The hospital is monitoring for further brain injuries.

The male driver of the light truck suffered minor injuries and was transported to Ipswich Hospital.

A Queensland Police spokesperson said investigations into the crash were continuing.

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