July 8, 2003 - Posted at: 8:42 p.m. CDT
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Ark. -- An Arkansas family is enjoying their son's company again after he emerged from a 19-year coma.
Terry Wallis, now 39 years old, had been in the coma at the Stone County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center since a July 1984 car accident that left him a quadriplegic.
His mother, Angilee Wallis, calls her son's return to consciousness a miracle.
His father, Jerry Wallis, says Terry uttered his first word on June 12, was able to talk a little June 13 and has improved ever since. He finds it ironic that his son went into the coma on a Friday the 13 and began to talk again on Friday the 13 -- 19 years later.
Terry Wallis' daughter, Amber, was born shortly before the accident. She is now 19 years old and Wallis tells family he wants to walk again for her.
Jerry Wallis says his son talks almost nonstop now, but it seems as though time stopped for him after the wreck. He says Terry is still living in 1984, even telling one person Ronald Reagan is the current president.