Someone Like Terri Schiavo Returns to Consciousness

by Steve Ray on May 4, 2005

A brain-damaged firefighter, like Terry Schiavo, “awakes“
Associated Press Writer

May 2, 2005, 5:35 PM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — A firefighter brain-damaged in a 1995 roof collapse had an “amazing” weekend, recognizing and speaking with his four sons and other family and friends for the first time in years, a family spokesman said Monday.

“I want to talk to my wife,” Donald Herbert said out of the blue Saturday at the skilled nursing facility where he has lived for more than seven years. Staff members put Linda Herbert on the telephone.

It was the first of many conversations he had during a 14-hour stretch, Herbert’s uncle, Simon Manka said.

“How long have I been away?” Herbert asked.

“We told him almost 10 years,” the uncle said. “He thought it was only three months.”

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