Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I have shared some of the emotional roller coaster ride regarding our friend's son, Henry. He sustained a very serious head injury while skiing this past weekend.
He woke up today, and like any self-respecting teenager, he demanded his phone (he even held out a hand for it) and complained he was hungry. There was much rejoicing.
Now to put it in perspective---
A few hours earlier, Henry's parents were confronted by three specialists who had reviewed his brain scan, and agreed that Henry had a 90% chance of never waking up. They counseled his family to prepare for the worst--a lifetime in a care facility and very little hope for improvement.
Then Henry wanted his cell phone.
We have been celebrating all afternoon over Henry's progress, but as I write this, my heart goes out to the families of the other 90%. If only more outcomes were as promising as Henry's.
I'll keep you posted.