By Dave Andrusko
It’s an all-too-familiar story line with an all-too-rare outcome.
Matt and Danielle Davis had been married only seven months when Matt suffered a devastating motorcycle accident. He was left in a coma and on life support.
“Doctors recommended letting Matt Davis die because there was a 90 percent chance he would never wake up, but Danielle told ABC News she decided it just wasn’t time yet,” reported Sydney Lupkin. “Then, one day, he woke up.”
Of course, it’s never as simple as “he woke up.” Danielle had to make the decision to “buck” the doctors’ advice and then figure out what to do next. (Lupkin explained that Matt’s dad had passed away two years before and his mother was too ill to take care of him.)
“If we’ve got to bring him home, let’s make sure he has the best view in the world,” she remembered telling her own mother. “If he’s going to be a body in a bed, let’s give him something to look at.”
Lo and behold only three months after the accident (and evidently after an initial stint in rehabilitation), Danielle asked Matt “to reach out and grab a toy motorcycle,” emulating what the therapist had done with her husband. “He’d never done it before, but this day, he did it, Danielle recalled,” according to Lupkin. “It was a start.”
Danielle fought to get Matt into rehab and eventually he was in a rehab program for two and a half months. Danielle told Good Morning America, Matt left on his own two feet with a walker.
So how did Danielle know Matt’s personality was intact” When, after they asked him what he wanted to eat, Matt responded in a barely audible whisper.
“I kid you not, he says, ‘buffalo chicken wrap from Cheddar’s,'” she said, explaining that it had been his favorite food. “We all whipped around because we all knew what he said.”
Matt still have a ways to go, five years after the accident, but today he can “drive a stick shift, crack jokes and play scrabble.” According to GMA, “He didn’t remember his wedding, but he and Danielle are doing great.”