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May 13, 2005

Doctor: 'I have never seen this happen in my career'

In the world of should'a, could'a, would'a one is immediately compelled to draw an obvious comparison. A Kansas woman, Tracy Gaskill, suffered critical head injuries in September, 2002 when her pickup overturned. Two and a half years later she is speaking again. On the night of the accident doctors told her family that she would not live past noon of the next day. Since the accident she has been fed through a feeding tube.

Then, about three weeks ago, she spoke for the first time since the accident, about the same time she began to swallow on her own.

Feeding tube, swallow on her own, sounds familiar.

"It's amazing, isn't it?" Dr. David Schmeidler told the local paper. "I have never seen this happen in my career. I've read about it happening, the severely brain damaged recovering suddenly, but never seen it – until now."

Continued Schmeidler: "She is actually able to speak and to speak coherently. In light of all this stuff on Terri Schiavo ... it makes you pause and think. For three years or so, (Tracy) was fed through a tube, then she swallowed a little bit and now she speaks."

What is a major difference between Tracy's care that the shameful treatment of Terri?

Tracy received what Schiavo did not – at least in the last several years – therapy.

According to the report, in the last few months, nurses worked with her to get her to hum. Eventually, she started to speak clearly.

In spite of wonderful advances in medical knowledge and technoloy, the medical profession still has little understanding of the incredible complexity of the human brain. Based on our limited understanding anyone who dogmatically proclaims that a person has no hope of recovery is only displaying a willful foolishness.

Read the whole story at WND.

Hat Tip: The Black Kettle.