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'A miracle' if teen cyclist survives hit-and-run injuries, London mom says

The mother of an 18-year-old cyclist who was struck in a hit-and-run collision about a month ago says it would be a miracle if her son survives.

The teen suffered life-altering injures after being struck by a vehicle on July 21

Abby Roby's son Tristan, 18, suffered life-altering injuries after he was struck by a car while riding his bike. (Andrew Lupton/CBC)

The mother of an 18-year-old cyclist who was struck in a hit-and-run collision about a month ago says it would be a miracle if her son survives.

Tristan Roby suffered life-altering injures, including severe head trauma, after being struck by a vehicle on Exeter Rd. in London on July 21. The driver fled the scene and is still on the lam. 

The teenager has been in a coma ever since.

Abby Roby supplied this photo of her son on August 21st. (Submitted by Abby Roby)

On Sunday, his condition worsened.

Roby said her son developed irregular breathing patterns, which prompted doctors to determine he has zero chance of survival.

"It would be a miracle," said Roby.

She's hopeful new medication started on Monday will improve his condition. 

She said Tristan's made slight hand movements but hasn't been able to communicate in any other way.

"If there is no improvement, then we will have to honour his wishes and prepare to let him go," said Roby.

'No silver bullet for the brain'

Roby works in the medical field and said her family has previously talked about "what would happen" incidents and worse case scenarios.

She said Tristan had expressed he would want to be an organ donor. Most importantly, she says, he would never want to be in a vegetative state.

"He was very clear that if something should happen, he didn't want to be in a vegetative state for years and years and years. He would want to just be let go," she said.

If his condition continues to deteriorate, Tristan would most likely develop severe breathing irregularities, possibly go into cardiac arrest or pass away on his own, she said.
Tristan Roby had plans to go into post-secondary after finishing high school. (Submitted by Abby Roby)

 

"You want to fight and fight and fight, But there's no silver bullet for the brain," said Roby. For now, "all we can do is just wait and see."

Investigation ongoing

"I feel like I'm in a daze," said Roby. "I just have to be strong right now for him and my daughter. It's one of those things that moms turn into, you know, a robotic mom. And when I'm nowhere around anyone, I cry and let it all out. You can't be any sadder."

"And the guy keeps walking around, who did it," Roby said.

London Police have been unable to make an arrest related to the incident.

They said a passenger was detained at the time of the incident. The suspect vehicle was also examined. 

Few other details have been released and police were unable to provide any updates when asked by CBC News on Wednesday.

The incident remains under investigation

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