Back in 1984 an eighteen year old local girl was involved in a horrendous accident caused by a drunk driver.
She suffered major brain damage resulting in her being rendered comatose.
The young woman was institutionalized in a local nursing home where she has remained in a deep coma all these many years.
I prosecuted the driver and over the course of the years my victim witness coordinator stayed in touch with the mother of the victim who often spoke at D.U.I. victim impact panels showing videos of her daughter laying in a fetal position in the care facility along with photos of her daughter pre-accident.
For these many years, the victim displayed no recognition of her surroundings, no voluntary movement, made not a sound, just lay there.
The girl is now a thirty-nine year old woman. Last week as an aide was by her side, the victim spoke. She now converses, reads and recalls her life as an eighteen year old.
She remembers her high school classmates, her family, her pet dog, her life.
We know so little.