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September 27, 2010

There is so much to be thankful for at the moment. My friend is able to speak a few words and recognise people. In a few weeks time, it looks like he will be moved to a rehabilitation centre to continue his recovery.

That he is alive at all is a lesson in how never to give up hope no matter how dire a situation might seem - as many readers pointed out to me when the outlook seemed bleak. The human brain is a remarkable thing and even when it has suffered damage, the neurons can apparently find new pathways of functioning.

This seems like a very good moment to say a heartfelt thank you to friends and readers around the world for all the prayers, positive energy, best wishes and encouraging messages sent in recent weeks. When my friend was in the coma, I would tell him how many people around the world were thinking about him and hoping for his recovery. I know it made a difference and helped bring about the remarkable and unexpected outcome of September 11th (yes, he regained consciousness on the anniversary of 9/11.)

The journey ahead is going to be long and tough for him but I will continue to bring updates of his progress when there is something significant to report. In the meantime, un enorme merci . I have been truly touched by some of the messages I've received in recent weeks and the realisation that there are so many wonderful people in the world.

comments (9)

1. Posted by Loraine on September 27, 2010 12:14 PM

Hi, That is fantastic news, what a great improvement. so pleased for you both. As has been said before the brain is an amazing organ. Thanks for the update great to read something positive on a Monday morning.

2. Posted by pierre l on September 27, 2010 3:33 PM

I too am so pleased for you and for him. Apologies for my recent silence -- I just didn't know what to say (although I was thinking of you both often).

3. Posted by Lyst on September 27, 2010 4:31 PM

I am so happy, relieved and amazed about the outcome for your friend. I have been checking so many times a day for news and to read this post was fantastic. Thank God his estranged mother did not arrive in a hurry! My best wishes to your friend and you.

4. Posted by Angela Wilson on September 27, 2010 7:02 PM

Hallo Karen, this is such fantastic news, I am so happy for him. Take care, little by little, don't get down if he seems to level off at times,look back at longer periods and you will really see a diference.
Best wishes.

5. Posted by mimi pompom on September 27, 2010 7:14 PM

Dear Lyst: my thoughts exactly! A very good thing that his estranged mother didn't hurry to the hospital as who knows what the outcome might have been if she had arrived a week earlier.


6. Posted by Gwenda on September 27, 2010 10:47 PM

So pleased for this news - a good way to start a new week. just try and keep positive through what is going to be a long slow process - but eventually a positive one. will look forward to news updates through the weeks

7. Posted by Tricia Stanley on September 28, 2010 7:11 PM

How wonderful to read your news and how lucky your friend is to have you. Who knows what would have happened if you hadn't told him he needed to make some sort of sign, and soon.
Seems like there is a whole lot of lovin' going on in the world. Isn't it wonderful.
All the best to you and your friend.

8. Posted by Frances Judd on October 1, 2010 2:14 PM

Hi Karen, Practically every day since 15 Sept I have checked your blog and the longer there was no post I feared the worst. What great news to hear that your friend is making progress. I hope he continues to get well and wish you both the strenght to face the long recovery process. (By the way have enjoyed your two book enormously)

9. Posted by Vanessa@Luxuria on October 2, 2010 9:47 PM

What fabulous news!!!
But how terrifying to think how quickly the medical profession had "written your friend off". That is what is so frightening. Thank God he had you to keep his flame alive until he had the strength to do it himself.

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