Terry Wayne Wallis Obituary – Man Has Been On Coma For 19 – Years has Died At 57
The driver, on the other hand, was slain. A second passenger was unharmed in the horrific accident. Mr. Wallis would spend nearly 19 years in a vegetative state before waking up and surprising his caregivers by regaining the capacity to talk in less than a month.
According to independent.co.uk, “He started off with ‘Mom,’ then ‘Pepsi,’ and then it was milk,'” a Stone County Rehabilitation Center employee told news outlets at the time. “And now it’s anything he wants to say,” they continued once his ability returned rapidly. Mr. Wallis is survived by his granddaughters and his daughter Amber, who was born shortly before the accident.
At the age of 57, an Arkansas man died after spending nearly two decades in a coma before waking up and regaining his ability to communicate. According to an obituary initially published by The New York Post, Terry Wayne Wallis died on Tuesday.
When a handful of news organizations, notably CNN and the BBC, reported on Mr. Wallis’ miraculous recovery and resuscitation in 2003, his story became semi-famous. Mr. Wallis was 19 years old when he and a driving friend were involved in a car accident that left him in a coma. Angilee Wallis, his mother, called her son’s recovery in 2003 a “miracle.”