Doctors Tell Mom To Give Up On Son In Coma, But She Notices His Finger Moves When She Jokes

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Deanna Carr did not believe the doctors. Her 12-year-old son, Devin, was struck by a pickup truck while he was waiting for the school bus. Devin suffered injuries to the brain and spinal cord.

Doctors did not expect him to live past the weekend, but he survived, remaining in a coma. Doctors said that if he woke up again, he would never walk or talk.

Deanna, who was a nurse at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where Devin was treated, remained optimistic. She continually asked Devin questions and felt him move a finger. His father told him jokes and they’d see half his face crack a smile. Doctors said these were just physiological reflexes, nothing more.

Still, when Deanna held her son’s hand she could feel his energy, she could feel him in there. She was right. After 30 days in a coma, after 10 weeks of recovery, Devin walked out the hospital with a smile on his face.

“As he walked through that door with that big smile on his face — it was just wonderful to see him smiling like that again,” Deanna said.

Devin is now all grown up, and while his voice sounds different due to the incident, he can walk, talk, and smile in ways doctors never predicted.  The mother is convinced she “talked him out of a coma,” by keeping him engaged with jokes and conversation.

“It felt like a dream as I was getting ready to come home,” Deanna said. “It just feels so good. We get to keep him.”

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