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 an an enormous, 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.