Sunday, July 24, 2005

The Awakening

A long, but very beautiful story from the WashPo on a young woman who, 20 years after an accident that left her with massive brain damage, spoke again. Family members say that Sarah's story is not connected to Terri Schiavo's. Either way, it's a great read and a powerful testimony to the dignity and beauty of all human life:
Sarah. They didn't know that as she lay in that bed, with her mouth gaping, face wretched in a silent agony, body atrophying, feet gnarling, fists clenched across her chest, tight, as if she were afraid, big, blue eyes staring out like she was trapped . . . They didn't know that as she lay there,something in her brain was mending.

People came and people went. Some grew up and some grew old. Some gave up and went away, guiltily diving into their own lives as Sarah Scantlin lay in that bed. Never believing she would do anything more than lie there and stare into oblivion, or wherever it is that brain-damaged people go, hovering between now and then, nowhere and somewhere, just out of reach.

Then six months ago, Sarah came back.

Sarah spoke.