When a disastrous motorcycle accident left then-23-year-old Matthew Davis in a coma, doctors weren’t optimistic. In fact, they gave him a slim 10% chance of recovery, a recommended that his wife of just seven months take him off life support. Three months later, he may not be able to remember his wedding (or even his wife, at first), but Matthew Davis is alive, conscious and well.
“I mean the doctors, they know what they’re talking about, and it’s good consul, but it doesn’t mean that they’re right,” his wife, Danielle, told CBS News. “If you believe in God, take what you know to be true.”
The couple had been dating just two months before their wedding. Matthew’s father had died two years before the accident, and his mother was too ill to care for him afterwards. Danielle says the doctor drew a graph explaining his recovery chances, telling Danielle that if it were his family, he’d take him off life support. Instead, Danielle elected to bring him home and care for him herself.
“If we’ve got to bring him home, let’s make sure he has the best view in the world,” she remembered telling her mother. “If he’s going to be a body in a bed, let’s give him something to look at.”
One day, a miracle happened – Matthew woke up. At first, he was only able to follow Danielle and other family members around the room with his eyes. Eventually, he was able to communicate. Today, he can drive, play board games and crack jokes. “I’m sure glad I married her,” Davis told ABC News.
However remarkable Davis’ recovery, substantial therapy is needed to continue his advances. Insurance pays for some of his rehabilitation, but Danielle has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help finance the long-term care he’ll need.