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Thursday, November 1, 2012


Nate Brookens
I just heard from my daughter, Beth. She received a call from Mercy Hospital this morning. NATE IS TALKING!!!! For the first time since his accident on August 25th, which left him with severe brain damage and in a comatose state. This morning he answered questions the speech therapist asked - as she always does, never getting a response – until today! Nate knew his name, he knew he was in Pittsburgh and he knew his nickname was Toolbox!!

We were with him last weekend. He was barely managing a feeble grunt, not using his voice at all. But we could tell he wanted to talk. However, he did do a number of “new” things, such as grabbing the wheel of his chair with his right hand and pushing himself down the hall about 30 feet. He took hold of his sister, Liz’s, arm and put it around his neck, then proceeded to smile. He also did several arm wrestles with Liz and won a couple! He nodded an affirmative several times, showing that he understood what we were saying to him. He has been taking water from a spoon regularly. When shown an album his girlfriend, Britty, had made for him, he grabbed and held it with his right hand - the emotion on his face was not to be missed. He recognized her.

Yet, with all this good stuff happening, he was still in a comatose state at that time. His “awake” times would come and go. We knew he had to be close to “taking off” as they term it – waking up and staying awake. While we were there, he would be “aware” but came in and out of it often through the day. We are still not sure he is officially confirmed as being no longer comatose.

We watched while PT put him on a Standing Machine. It is obvious he doesn’t like it. The process of stretching him to full standing position is painful. But we learned he is now helping with his right foot when they are walking him. He does not use his left arm or leg – yet. Some surgery, and lots more therapy and healing yet to come.

We sang to him, prayed over him, and read Scripture aloud, one passage of which was Genesis 1:3 to him, “And God said, ‘Let there be Light, and there was Light…!’” That is how we have felt led to pray for him of late - that God would turn on The Light in his mind. And it is happening.

We would ask our praying friends to continue to remember Nate during the months of therapy that lie ahead. He will soon be discharged to a long-term facility that offers the intense therapy and quality care he needs. And we are praying for a miracle - that he will be close to home. Thus far, the long-term care looks to be a few hours in any direction.

To God be the Glory, Great Things He Has Done…!!

Ann DeHaven


Anonymous said...

:) this brings a tear to my eye of pure joy. is his next move into Richmond Va. just curious

Ann DeHaven said...

Not that we know. It has not been determined but we have been told there are locations closer to home. Hope so! Beth has had to go back to her job and traveling that far would mean she would hardly ever get to see him. That ain't gonna happen... : )

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Anonymous said...

Praise God !! Praying for his continued success in healing!!!

tina m. smith said...

Such wonderful, glorious news! Through God's grace Nate is making progress. I will continue to keep Nate, and your family in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless

Ann DeHaven said...

It is because of your prayers that we are seeing this miracle unfold! Thank you so much for your prayers and moral support... We have a God who cares, who hears and who answers prayer!

Anonymous said...

Amazing!!!! This gave me goosebumps. I do not know Nate or this family but have been praying for you all. So glad to hear of this miricale for Nate and the family. 2 years ago I was in a coma due to problems during surgery and thank god everyday for my life. Good luck young man you can do this.

Anonymous said...

We need a "LIKE" button on this site!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing his progress. I do not know Nate but am Thrilled he is recovering! Be safe, Take care and prayers from here!

Anonymous said...

Please post an address of where we can help with donations.

Ann DeHaven said...

Ok I will send an address for Jim to post - he has been so good to let us do these posts. God bless him!

Anonymous said...

Prayers coming from Emporium for this young, brave soldier. Keep us informed on his progress plese!

Anonymous said...

I don't know Nate but I have followed his progress on this site. I have a son serving in the Army also. I hope for the best for Nate and his family! Take Care