Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hope and Miracles

The recent events surrounding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' miraculous survival after being shot in the head have been inspiring.  So much so that I dug out a few inspirational head trauma stories.  As I have mentioned, this blog is a collection of stories and quotes I've gathered over years and years - so these three stories happen to be several years old.  I'm sure there are some more recent illustrations out there.  If you know of any - please share them in comments.

In 1984, David Gribin, a young man from Long Island sustained severe head injuries from a horse-back riding accident.  He fell into a coma and was put on a respirator. After a month of unconsciousness, he was revived and began to recover. Eight years later, in 1992, he became the first coma victim to complete the New York City marathon. 

On March 5, 1991 a High Point , North Carolina man who had been comatose since he had been beaten with a log more than eight years earlier, suddenly regained consciousness.  He revealed the identities of his two assailants to police.

Patricia had been in a coma for 16 years after giving birth to her son, Mark. On Christmas Eve, 1999, while nurses were fixing her bed, she suddenly said: "Don't do that!". By January she was able to speak clearly and visit with her four children.

The lesson in all of these stories is a reminder to never give up hope.

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