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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Update On Nate Brookens

We have great news! As you may know, my grandson, Nate, has been talking somewhat. After his initial breakthrough where he told his speech therapist his name, where he was and his nickname, he recently told one of his therapists, “I’m a Republican”. Another time, he stated that he preferred his pizza with “cheese and pepperoni, nothing fancy.” He’s acknowledged knowing who we are and has spoken some short sentences, sometimes we were not able to understand what he was saying, but we didn’t care. We were so happy to hear him speaking.

WELL… today…. November 20, 2012, three months after his accident… Beth just had a 10 minute phone conversation with Nate! Says she understood 90% of what he said! He had been rattling away with a therapist and then asked if he could call his mom! I was so excited, I forgot to ask her what they talked about.

What seems evident is that the Nate we know – is coming back. No one could predict how he would be upon awakening. Would he need to re-learn some things – or everything? Of course, there is not yet a definite answer for these questions, but it looks very likely that Nate has a good bit of recall going on! Just my unprofessional opinion.

Thank you to everyone for praying so faithfully for Nate. And we covet your continued prayer support. Along with his complete recovery, the prayer request now is: Beth is trying to arrange to bring Nate home for the remainder of his recovery. God has confirmed that this is the direction to go. We know that our Great God will pull it together. Nate needs a home, certain equipment, nursing care, specially trained therapists, and we’ll provide the family and friends.

Thank you and have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

Ann DeHaven

12 comments :

LuAnn G said...

This is such awesome news!!!What a wonderful "Thanksgiving" for all of you!Praying you find what you need close to home...

Anonymous said...

PRAISE GOD !!!!! So hopeing & praying for his complete recovery.

Anonymous said...

what exactly happened to him? i never did hear how this happened. i went to school with him and i've been praying for a miracle for him and his family.

Anonymous said...

Praise God.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! Praying for his full recovery! - jadens stepmom Denise and dad frank and brothers and sister

Ann DeHaven said...

1:48 - Nate was struck by a car near his AF base, Ft. Moody, GA on Aug. 25th, 2012. Suffered two severe brain hemorrages, one brain contusion, severely broken R Tibia, L shoulder, multiple broken bones in face. To say the least. However, his spine was spared injury! A fact that shocked his medical team. He has been comatose most of this time and is still considered in that state, although he is now responding. His AF buddy, Cody, literally saved his life, taking quick action on the scene. Drs. would not give his mother a shred of hope he would live. But he did! And now he is beginning to come back. All due to the thousands of people praying for him. You can check on his updates on Facebook on the "Benefit Weekend for the Family of Nate Brookens." Or on www.caringbridge.com/natebrookens. Thank you for asking and we ask you to pray for him. God bless you.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful blessing for your family!

Anonymous said...

What awesome blessings!! Please consider Health South in Erie for his rehab before you move him home. I realize its hard to wait to bring him home, but they can do wonderus things before that final step to be home!

Anonymous said...

This is AWESOME news!!! The prayers will keep coming.

Anonymous said...

Thank god he is still a republican.

Anonymous said...

Yes 8:05pm, and has the best healthcare in the world at his disposal because of government guarantees.

Ann DeHaven said...

To 3:53- We have approached Health South in Erie. They would only dicharge him soon after as their program only goes so far. Nate's therapy is a bit different due to the brain trauma. However, now that Nate has been officially declared Out of the Coma (!!!!) (See latest update on here) that may change the picture. We will see! We know if God opens the doors to bring him home, Nate will have all the PT, OT and Speech that he needs. Humanly speaking, it is not possible. But... Nothing is too hard for the Lord!