A Georgia woman has spoken out about her refusal to allow doctors to pull the plug on her husband of just seven months, after a devastating motorcycle crash had sent him into coma.
Danielle Davis says that she found strength in her faith when she was confronted with the prospect of losing her husband Brian in 2011, just seven months after they got married. In an interview at the family’s Georgetown home on Tuesday she said:
I knew that God could get us through that. I didn’t think that it was too big for God.
1. Danielle Davis says she looked to her faith when she was faced with the prospect of losing her husband Brian in 2011, just seven months after they were married when he was involved in a near fatal motorcycle crash.
Davis told WTOC that doctors advised her to pull the plug on Brian. She recalled hearing them say:
That’s what they’d want their family to do.
But Danielle refused to give up hope and Brian was eventually released into her care.
Weeks went by and one day, against all odds, Brian spoke. He told her:
2. A new bride ignores doctors’ advice to “pull the plug” after her husband’s motorcycle crash — a WTOC report.
3. Brian’s motorcycle was split in two and doctors initially urged his wife to take him off life support.
However, Danielle soon come to the painful realization that Brian had no clue that she was his wife.
Brian told WTOC that he also had no idea that his father was dead or that he’d been married.
Three years had been wiped from Brian’s memory. However, learning that Danielle was his wife was a happy moment among many struggles. He recalls:
I saw her, and I was like, “yeah”.
4. Danielle refused to give up on Brian and took him into her full time care as he was still bedridden and hooked to a feeding tube.
Now, the couple work daily on Brian’s rehabilitation and use yoga to help him sharpen his mind and regain control over his body.
While Danielle is happy to see Brian improving to the point that he no longer requires medications, she admits on a GoFundMe fundraising page that the couple is too strapped to pay for all the rehabilitative care Brian still needs.
And insurance no longer covers it. Danielle wrote:
People with Traumatic Brain Injury need a lot of rehab, people continue to make improvements even 10 years after their injury.
Insurance doesn’t pay for the amount of therapy they need so often times that person doesn’t reach their full potential.
5. Eventually, Brian started to improve and miraculously spoke the words “I’m trying” one day, weeks after Danielle took him home with dismal prospects.
Fortunately, after just a month, the fundraiser has already collected more than $12,500 in donations (out of a $20,800 goal).
As Brian continues to improve, most recently he’s been re-learning to walk, he wants to make sure that others know how good they’ve got it. He said:
People don’t realize how much they can actually do with their bodies. They take it for granted.
6. Now Danielle says Brian is improving all the time and has gone from requiring 20 medications per day to requiring none.
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