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March 2, 2005

Man Awakes After 19 Years In Coma

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

Here's an account of a man who, unlike Terri Schiavo who is not in a coma, suddenly just started talking after having been in a coma for 19 years:

The words began tumbling out,  at first just a few nouns and eventually a torrent of phrases.

Terry Wallis, who had been in a coma since a 1984 car accident, regained consciousness last month(June 2003) to the surprise of doctors and the delight of his family, including his mother, who heard his first word in 19 years.

"He started out with 'Mom' and surprised her and then it was 'Pepsi' and then it was 'milk.' And now it's anything he wants to say," Stone County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center social director Alesha Badgley said Tuesday.

His mother, Angilee Wallis, called her son's return to consciousness a miracle: "I couldn't tell you my first thought, I just fell over on the floor," she said.

Posted by Hyscience at March 2, 2005 2:56 PM

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