Long after a car accident left him in a minimally conscious state in 1984, he woke up one day and said, “Mom.” Then he kept talking.
Terry Wallis at his home in Arkansas in 2006, three years after he regained the ability to speak. “He’s a unicorn in the sense that he emerged so late,” a doctor said. “We’ll never know exactly why he emerged after 19 years.”Credit…Ron Phillips for The New York Times.
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