Blessing in disguise: Truck crash saves man's life

Bradley Allen with his children and wife Eliza.
Bradley Allen with his children and wife Eliza. Anthea Gleeson

RARELY is a truck crash considered a "blessing in disguise".

But ever since 37-year-old Bradley Allen crashed and rolled the truck he was driving in May, his family and friends have been counting their blessings.

While not seriously injured in the incident, Mr Allen underwent routine head scans which revealed a tangled web of vessels in his brain.

Known as Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM), there was an 85 per cent chance the vessels could burst with fatal consequences.

Close family friend Jolean Kiehne said surgeons referred Mr Allen to more specialised care in Sydney.

"It was a shock," Ms Kiehne said of the diagnosis.

"(The accident) was a blessing in disguise and makes you realise that everything happens for a reason."

Mr Allen underwent surgery two weeks ago to remove the malformation, and while the long-term prognosis is good, his rehabilitation will be extensive.

A fundraising Melbourne Cup lunch will be held for Mr Allen and his family at the Meringandan Pub on Tuesday, November 5.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/thebradleyallenfund

Donations can also be lodged through ANZ BSB: 014312, account:285903755.



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