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Woman refused to take husband off life support — and he woke up

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Husband wakes up after his wife refused to take him off life support, despite doctors' advice

Sometimes, no matter how much you wait for something miraculous to happen, it never does. Then there are times like these. This couple's story of love and devotion is nothing short of breathtaking; however, it is still very much an uphill battle.

Danielle and her husband Matt Davis were just married back in 2011. It was only the beginning of their life together when Matt was in a horrible motorcycle accident in which he suffered an extensive brain injury. His long-term memory before the accident was essentially gone, and he was in a coma his doctors were quite certain he'd never wake from. But his wife refused to give up on him.

Matt's doctors continued to suggest Danielle take him off life support, saying things like, "it's what we'd want our families to do if it were us." However, Danielle would not be persuaded. She spent the next three months caring for Matt in every way — from cleaning him, to turning him over so he wouldn't get bed sores, to administering his 20 daily meds.

She began Facebook and GoFundMe pages to update concerned parties on Matt's progress. Then came the amazing moment where Matt spoke for the first time after doctors said he'd never wake up.

"We noticed he was trying to talk, more like whisper and I put his hat in his hand, told him to put it on his head. After telling him multiple times he gasps out, "I'm trying!" It was the greatest thing I've ever heard!" Danielle wrote on her GoFundMe.

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The next three years were all about rehabilitation for Matt and Danielle. She set up another GoFundMe account to help offset the physical therapy and medical costs that their insurance wouldn't cover, and continued to post news and photos about Matt's astonishing recovery. However, he still has no memory of his life before the accident, which includes his entire relationship with his number one support system — his wife Danielle.

Matt fell out of his wheelchair yesterday...He's okay. He saved himself.Usually if he looses his balance or falls or...

Posted by Matt Davis Recovery on Saturday, April 4, 2015

But Danielle continues to search for the positive rather than focus on the negative. In a recent post she wrote, "He still struggles with memory from before the accident. Our relationship, our wedding day, all of that is gone but his new short term memory is outstanding!" If that's not the definition of unfailing support, I don't know what is.

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Matt can stand on his own now, and walk with the help of his loving wife. One thing that's helped him immeasurably is daily yoga sessions. He says it allows him to feel more connected to his body, which in turn helps him make it through the day to day. However, simple activities are still quite difficult for him to do on his own. He told WTOC, “People don't realize how much they can actually do with their bodies. They take it for granted.”

Matt is trying to run! Who wants to sign up to run a marathon with Matt next year?! If he can do it, we have no excuse! Go Matt! You're incredible!! LoveYourBrain Dancing Dogs Yoga Savannah #Godisgood #yogaworks #loveyourbrain #ddytribe #nevergiveup #Mattisawesome

Posted by Matt Davis Recovery on Friday, April 3, 2015

The couple is still trying to raise $20,800 to hire a physical trainer for Matt to keep him progressing while Danielle's at work. She hates for him to be at home on his own, and thinks it stunts his improvement. However, due to the support of many friends, family and the attention numerous publications have brought to the couple's amazing story, they are now only about $3,000 away from achieving their goal. It just goes to show, taking things one step at a time can make an unbelievable difference. Take it from Danielle who writes on her Facebook:

"The part of his brain that just does things on its own is waking up. Yoga is waking him up. For the first time in 4 years Matt is getting the chills, yawning, sighing. All things your brain just tells your body to do. Things you can't really control. Matt's brain is still healing. It's still improving. A friend asked me last night, so casually. So matter of fact, like he knows it's going to happen, 'What are you gonna do when Matt's not in a wheelchair anymore?' The answer: Everything. We're going to do everything."

Happy New Year....New, Happy Year.The new year is just another day. I woke up to "Happy New Year" from Matt while I...

Posted by Matt Davis Recovery on Thursday, January 1, 2015
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