Elderly cyclist slips into coma after accident -- only to awake 11 days later on his own

An 60-year-old elderly cyclist slipped into a coma after an accident, but miraculously awoke 11 days later.

The accident happened on Feb 20 at around 3pm, along a road leading to Yishun Dam, reports Shin Min Daily News via Lianhe Zaobao

The elderly man was cycling on the leftmost lane of a bicycle path but for reasons unknown, collided with a car, causing him to fall from his bike.

He suffered serious injuries on his head, spinal cord, eyelids and lower jaw, and was conveyed by the SCDF to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital to receive medical attention. 

The victim’s 55-year-old sister told reporters that after she was informed about her brother’s accident, she became very anxious:

“When I rushed to the hospital, he was already unconscious.

“The doctor said he suffered head and spinal injuries, and needed to undergo surgery. 

“He also said that should the operation fail, he could be paralysed on one side of his body.”

The victims' sister claimed that the doctors initially told her that her brother’s chances of survival were quite slim until he suddenly woke up 11 days later, surprising everyone:

“My brother still can’t can’t speak now, and communicates by blinking.

“Hopefully an witness can step forth and tell us what happened.

“We hope to seek compensation from the driver.”

A spokesperson from the police confirmed that they received reports of an accident on Feb 20, at 3.10pm, involving a car and a bicycle. 

A cyclist was conveyed conscious to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

The case is currently under investigation.