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03-25-08, 11:54 AM #1
Man declared dead now feels "pretty good" 4 months after being declared "brain-dead" and prepared to have organs removed for transplant
Four months after he was declared brain dead and doctors were about to remove his organs for transplant, Zach Dunlap says he feels "pretty good."
Dunlap was pronounced dead Nov. 19 at United Regional Healthcare System in Wichita Falls, Texas, after he was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident. His family approved having his organs harvested.
As family members were paying their last respects, he moved his foot and hand. He reacted to a pocketknife scraped across his foot and to pressure applied under a fingernail. After 48 days in the hospital, he was allowed to return home, where he continues to work on his recovery.
On Monday, he and his family were in New York, appearing on NBC's "Today."
"I feel pretty good. but it's just hard ... just ain't got the patience," Dunlap told NBC.
Dunlap, 21, of Frederick, said he has no recollection of the crash.
"I remember a little bit that was about an hour before the accident happened. But then about six hours before that, I remember," he said.
Dunlap said one thing he does remember is hearing the doctors pronounce him dead.
"I'm glad I couldn't get up and do what I wanted to do," he said.
Asked if he would have wanted to get up and shake them and say he's alive, Dunlap responded: "Probably would have been a broken window that went out."
His father, Doug, said he saw the results of the brain scan.
"There was no activity at all, no blood flow at all."
Zach's mother, Pam, said that when she discovered he was still alive, "That was the most miraculous feeling."
"We had gone, like I said, from the lowest possible emotion that a parent could feel to the top of the mountains again," she said.
She said her son is doing "amazingly well," but still has problems with his memory as his brain heals from the traumatic injury.
"It may take a year or more ... before he completely recovers," she said. "But that's OK. It doesn't matter how long it takes. We're just all so thankful and blessed that we have him here."
Dunlap now has the pocketknife that was scraped across his foot, causing the first reaction.
"Just makes me thankful, makes me thankful that they didn't give up," he said. "Only the good die young, so I didn't go."
Man declared dead feels 'pretty good'
Mon Mar 24, 10:09 AM ET
03-25-08, 12:35 PM #2
Terry Shivo, maybe?
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03-25-08, 03:19 PM #5
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03-25-08, 03:22 PM #6
I did some research, and found out the REAL story: He was pronounced brain dead, and while they were looking for his Organ Donor Card, they found a Democratic National Party Card in his wallet...and realized he was a perfectly normal Democrat.
In all seriousness, thats a pretty damn amazing story. I met a guy once who was in a motorcycle accident years before, pronounced dead, and when they were putting him into the body bag, he coughed. He was just fine as pie years later when I met him.--
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03-25-08, 10:57 PM #7
If Terry Shivo was really brain dead, then it couldn't have been cruel to keep her alive, could it? May as well have given her parents that slim hope - If her husband and the courts were correct, then what harm would it do to keep her alive if she wasn't conscious?
I think the court-ordered death was treading dangerous territory.
Letting her die of thirst and dehydration is a fate that we would not put a dog through, conscious or not.
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