Danielle Davis had been married little more than half a year when the accident happened, and it was not long afterward that the medical team were advising her to turn off her husband’s life support. Danielle, however, had other ideas. Indeed, she refused to give up hope for months, and when her partner finally awoke, he had something incredible to say to his wife.
Perhaps, though, this is only natural, as it didn’t take long for Georgia couple Danielle and Matt Davis to fall in love in the first place. Certainly, the pair met in May 2010 while Danielle was studying for her finals, and they started dating in September of that year.
And it was only a matter of weeks later that the couple married in Forsyth, Georgia. Danielle was 23 year old at the time, and Matt was just 22, but they had committed to spending the rest of their lives together.
However, in July 2011, just seven months after they had married, Matt had a terrible motorcycle accident on his way to work. He had struck the back of an illegally parked vehicle in a merging lane.
Matt suffered some very serious injuries. Indeed, the newlywed was left with a severe traumatic brain injury, along with multiple broken bones. Things immediately weren’t looking good, but they were only about to get much worse.
In fact, after nine days in the hospital, Matt’s doctors were ready to turn off his life support. Indeed, they predicted that he only had a one in ten chance of ever waking up.
What’s more, of the 10 percent of people in Matt’s condition who do eventually regain consciousness, very few are ever be able to do anything independently. Danielle received this news, and she had to make a vital decision.
She listened to the advice of the medical professionals, but she amazingly chose not let her husband die. They had only just begun their life together, after all, and she was desperate for more time.
The doctors allowed Matt to remain on life support, but he would have to be cared for at home. Unfortunately, Matt’s condition remained almost exactly the same, and the days soon turned into weeks, and the weeks into months.
“During that time he showed little progress and was discharged from the hospital to our home where my mom and I cared for him 24/7,” Danielle wrote later on her GoFundMe page. The care regime was grueling.
For example, Matt had to be fed through a tube and couldn’t use the bathroom or shower independently. Danielle and her mom were also responsible for administering more than 20 meds to him every day and doing his physical therapy too.
“He was just a body that didn’t react,” said Danielle in a documentary made by Savannah Christian Church and uploaded to Vimeo. But after a month at home, something in Matt began to change – he opened his eyes.
In fact, he started to follow Danielle and her mom around the room with his eyes; he even began moving his lips. It was as if he was beginning to acknowledge his surroundings for the first time in months.
Then, one day soon after, while Danielle was trying to make Matt move his arm during a therapy session, something incredible happened: Matt spoke to his wife. Danielle was almost overwhelmed with a mixture of joy and shock.
“We noticed he was trying to talk, more like whisper,” said Danielle. “One day 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!”
It was just the start of Matt’s recovery. But while he soon began to speak again, he had no memory of the past three years. Luckily, those memories would slowly return in time, but Matt and Danielle had many other challenges to face together.
“We fought to get him back in rehab,” said Danielle. “There he worked with physical, speech and occupational therapists learning the basics.” And after just three months, Matt had made massive improvements.
Certainly, Matt was soon able to have a conversation, enjoy a joke, sing, eat and drink by himself and even walk with the help of a walker. By all accounts, it was an absolutely incredible transformation.
But his journey was far from over. Three and a half years after his accident, Matt was still recovering, and his insurance company refused to pay for ongoing treatment. Danielle, then, turned to the fundraising website GoFundMe for help.
And, as of May 2016, with the fifth anniversary of the terrible accident approaching, Danielle and Matt had raised more than $82,000 of their $104,000 target. The aim is to raise enough money to pay for daily physical therapy for Matt over the next five years. It’s a big ask, but considering how far Matt has come over the last five years, anything’s possible.