A husband in a coma awakes after his newlywed wife fought against the advice of doctors and instead of pulling the plug, took her husband home. Danielle Davis shares her husband’s story and how he came out of his coma against all odds on her GoFundMe and Facebook page. The story of Danielle and her husband Matthew show that miracles can happen, but sometimes they don’t happen without a fight, dedication, and a lot of love.
On April 6, ABC7 reports that “Matt’s wife, Danielle, had refused to pull the plug after doctors advised her to do so nine days after his accident, saying that the odds were not good.”
Matthew and Danielle had only been married for seven months at the time of Matt’s motorcycle accident. Matt sustained an open femur fracture, fracture to the neck of the femur, fractured rib, lacerated liver, fractured collar bone, fractured jaw in 2 places, occipital skull fracture and Severe TBI (Severe Diffuse Axonal Injury) which leaves most patients in a permanent vegetative state.
On her GoFundMe page, Danielle writes that doctors advised to remove Matt, who was only 22 years old, from life support and to let him go since “he would never wake up.” But Danielle wasn’t ready to pull the plug only nine days after the accident. “I wanted to give him more time to see if he improved. We didn’t really have a chance to start our life together, I wasn’t going to give up.”
For Danielle, where medical care saw an end, she saw a beginning. Against doctors’ advice, Danielle took her husband home and together with her mom provided 24/7 care for him including all necessary equipment, a feeding tube, adult briefs, sponge baths, more than 20 medications, turning Matthew over every two hours to prevent bed sores, physical therapy and emotional therapy. Despite being in a coma, Matthew was in a bed that had a stimulating view for him.
About three months after the motorcycle accident, Danielle’s husband awakes from his coma. “We noticed he was trying to talk, more like whisper and one day I put his hat in his hand, told him to put it on his head. After telling him multiple times he gasps out, ‘I’m trying!’ It was the greatest thing I’ve ever heard!” Since Matthew’s motorcycle accident in July 2011 and his return to life three months later, his wife – who wasn’t willing to give up on him –has spent the past years trying to give him as much therapy as possible. “He still struggles with memory from before the accident. Our relationship, our wedding day, all of that is gone but his new short term memory is outstanding!” For Danielle, it is more than any doctor had ever given her.