BUFFALO, N.Y. – A brain-injured firefighter who started speaking after almost a decade of near-total silence has had moments of clarity since then but has not matched Saturday’s startling progress, his wife said Wednesday.
His doctor said the dramatic improvement came three months after his medication was changed.
Don Herbert, who will turn 44 Saturday, went without oxygen for several minutes after being trapped under a collapsed roof while fighting a house fire in December 1995. He spent 2 1/2 months in a coma and was left blind and with little, if any, memory.
But last Saturday, he suddenly asked for his wife, Linda. And over the next 14 hours, until he fell asleep early Sunday morning, he chatted with her, his four sons and other family and friends, catching up on what he’d missed.