When two people fall in love and get married, they are both deciding to devote the rest of their lives to one another. This means getting to experience fun and exciting aspects of life such as moving in together and starting a family, or traveling and seeing the world together.
However, this union also means having to get through difficult times as well. Whether it be sickness, or financial problems, or something more tragic.
Danielle Josey Davis had been married to her husband Matt for just one year when he got into a terrible motorcycle accident which caused him to slip into a coma.
Rather than give up on him—which some doctors suggested—Danielle knew in her heart that Matt was a fighter and that he was going to come out strong. So she stayed by his side until the day he finally opened his eyes. Check out this inspiring story and the two words Matt had to say to Danielle when he finally awoke.
After the accident, doctors were pretty sure that Matt wasn’t going to make it estimating that there was a 90% chance that he would never wake up again.
Driven by love, Danielle was determined to stay by his side with the hope that he was still holding on and that it wasn’t his time yet.
According to ABC news, the couple had only started dating two months before their wedding and at the time of the accident, Danielle was 24 and Matt, 23.
Matt’s father had passed away two years prior to the accident and his mother was too ill to take care of him as well, Danielle explained. So she decided to take it upon herself to stay by his side and care for Matt while he was in his comatose state.
Danielle made the decision to put him on life support and was eventually able to get him into rehab and bring him home to continue to care for him.
With the help of her mother, Danielle cared for Matt for several months. They fed him through a tube and helped bathe him and gave him his medications.
Danielle wanted to give Matt the best view he could get even if he was just going to be lying there. ‘If he’s going to be a body in a bed, let’s give him something to look at.’ Danielle recalled telling her mother.
In an interview with ABC News, Danielle explained that doctors had told her that ‘If it was them they would pull the plug, that’s what they would want their family to do.’
But Danielle decided to remain strong, and for a good reason too. Three months after the motorcycle accident, Matt woke up, even though he only had a 10% chance.
Although he was conscious now, the coma had wiped three years of Matt’s memories as well as forgetting some long-term ones as well. In fact, he didn’t even remember that he was married to Danielle at all.
Danielle remained strong and continued to assist Matt through therapy and training sessions to relearn skills like how to walk and eat. During this time, Matt got to fall in love with her all over again. Although he had forgotten their time together he said that he was sure glad he married her.
One day, when Danielle was recreating a therapy session by holding him up in bed and asking him to reach out his arm, he managed to say the words ‘I’m trying.’ Those two words were short of a miracle for Danielle.
It was great progress, and after that, Matt was actually able to reach up and grab a toy which was one of the first steps on his road to recovery.
Though it took some time, Matt’s personality and sense of humor slowly began to return as he continued to learn and regain his long-term memories.
He has since taken to doing yoga with Danielle which brings him peace and helps him feel more connected to his body, according to ABC.
Although Matt never regained the memories of dating or marrying Danielle, the couple got to know each other all over again. As well as doing yoga together, they play scrabble and Matt has even recently started driving a stick shift car again.