-- Nearly 19 years after a wreck left a man paralyzed and
unable to communicate, his power of speech has returned, the
man's family said Monday.
-- The Man Who Slept for 19 Years. Terry Wallis' 19-year journey
back to consciousness is a remarkable story. But in June 1984,
the time of his car crash, he was just another statistic;
one more name on the list of 1.5 million Americans who sustain
a brain injury each year. Perhaps it's going too far to say
that Wallis was one of the fortunate ones, but he did at least
survive his brain injury. Each year in America, 50,000 people
are not so lucky . . .
-- Man's brain rewired itself after crash severed nerve connections.
Doctors cautious about others' drawing hope from extremely
rare case. . .
-- Mute 19 Years, He Helps Reveal Brain's Mysteries. Terry
Wallis spends almost all of his waking hours in bed, listening
to country-western music in a cramped, two-room bungalow down
a gravel road off State Highway 263. . .
Boston Globe/LA Times
-- Man's brain rewired itself, doctors contend. Nerve connections
severed in accident nearly 20 years ago. LOS ANGELES -- Terry
Wallis awoke from a coma-like state 19 years after tumbling
over a guardrail in a pickup truck and falling 25 feet into
a dry riverbed. Now doctors armed with some of the latest
brain-imaging technology think they may know part of the reason
why. . .
-- Terry Wallis (born 1963 or 1964) is an American man living
in Arkansas who on June 11, 2003 regained awareness after
spending almost 20 years in a minimally conscious state. Following
a 1984 automobile accident he, then aged 19, fell into a coma
and then later became minimally conscious, although the latter
was not formally established until 2002. . .