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    Brain Damaged Firefighter Makes Recovery


    Tuesday May 3, 2005 10:31 AM


    By CAROLYN THOMPSON

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    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Ten years after a firefighter was left brain-damaged and mostly mute during a 1995 roof collapse, he did something that shocked his family and doctors: He perked up.

    ``I want to talk to my wife,'' Donald Herbert said out of the blue Saturday. Staff members of the nursing home where he has lived for more than seven years raced to get Linda Herbert on the telephone.

    It was the first of many conversations the 44-year-old patient had with his wife, four sons and other family and friends during a 14-hour stretch, Herbert's uncle, Simon Manka said.

    ``How long have I been away?'' Herbert asked.

    ``We told him almost 10 years,'' the uncle said. ``He thought it was only three months.''

    Herbert was fighting a house fire Dec. 29, 1995, when the roof collapsed, burying him under debris. After going without air for several minutes, Herbert was comatose for 2 months and has undergone therapy ever since.

    News accounts in the days and years after his injury describe Herbert as blind and with little, if any, memory. Video shows him receiving physical therapy but apparently unable to communicate and with little awareness of his surroundings.

    Manka declined to discuss his nephew's current condition, or whether the apparent progress was continuing. The family was seeking privacy while doctors evaluated Herbert, he said.

    ``He's resting comfortably,'' the uncle said.

    As word of Herbert's progress spread, a steady stream of visitors arrived at the Father Baker Manor nursing home in this Buffalo suburb.

    ``He stayed up 'til early morning talking with his boys and catching up on what they've been doing over the last several years,'' firefighter Anthony Liberatore told WIVB-TV.

    Herbert's sons were 14, 13, 11 and 13 when he was injured.

    Staff members at the nursing facility recognized the change in Herbert, Manka said, when they heard him speaking and ``making specific requests.''

    ``The word of the day was `amazing,''' he said.

    Dr. Rose Lynn Sherr of New York University Medical Center said when patients recover from brain injuries, they usually do so within two or three years.

    ``It's almost unheard of after 10 years,'' she said, ``but sometimes things do happen and people suddenly improve and we don't understand why.''

    Manka said visitors let Herbert set the pace of the conversations and did not bring up the fire in which he was injured.

    ``The extent and duration of his recovery is not known at this time,'' Manka said. ``However we can tell you he did recognize several family members and friends and did call them by name.''

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    I saw this on cnn.com. A truely amazing story.
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    Cool story
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    I have a feeling this will re-ignite the Terry Schaivo debate. People will say there is a slight chance she could have recovered if she wasn't allowed to die/killed.

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    AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME News!

    Love it when my brothers and sister firefighter make a recovery from, ANYTHING!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane Halen
    AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME News!

    Love it when my brothers and sister firefighter make a recovery from, ANYTHING!!!


    HH <----11 year vet Shreveport Fire Department!!------
    Ditto that HH. Great to hear of stories like this. In our profession, we are thankful for any recovery from a fellow Firefighter.

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    Just think of all the new VH music he can catch up on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod
    Just think of all the new VH music he can catch up on!
    really - wait 'til they try to explain it all to him...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopTimi
    Ditto that HH. Great to hear of stories like this. In our profession, we are thankful for any recovery from a fellow Firefighter.
    Timi, which department are you with in S. Fla? Glad to see another firefighter on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007
    really - wait 'til they try to explain it all to him...
    Yeah, no shit! Sammy left? Dave came back? Dave got the boot again? Gary Cherone? Dave back again? Dave got the boot again? Sammys back? Somebody tell me I'm still in a coma!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking
    Yeah, no shit! Sammy left? Dave came back? Dave got the boot again? Gary Cherone? Dave back again? Dave got the boot again? Sammys back? Somebody tell me I'm still in a coma!
    Ain't that the truth!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking
    Yeah, no shit! Sammy left? Dave came back? Dave got the boot again? Gary Cherone? Dave back again? Dave got the boot again? Sammys back? Somebody tell me I'm still in a coma!
    I dunno Vik, that much confusing info might make him relaspe.


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    Good story. Glad to see a happy turn-around to a firefighter. Along with police and teachers, firefighters are the most stressful and thankless jobs anyone can have. My thanks go out to all of you...
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    Great story ! I'm still wondering how long will it take for him to tune into a daily life again, after the 10 years.

 

 

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