Every newlywed couple has dreams for the future. They dream of building a family, creating a home for themselves, and living a life of meaning. Matt and Danielle were no different.
These high school sweethearts married young and like many young lovers, they believed that their love would sustain them indefinitely. Sadly, the best laid plans, even when the involve true love, rarely amount to a guarantee. Matt and Danielle’s lives, and their hopes for building a future together, would be thrown to the wayside…
In Sickness and in Health
Danielle Davis had been married for just over 6 months. Life was good, she and her high school sweetheart, Matt were still as much in love as they were on the day they met. Their families and friends would say that the two young lovers were perfect for each other.
Love At First Sight
It didn’t take long for Georgia couple Danielle and Matt Davis to fall in love in the first place. The pair met in May 2010 while Danielle was studying for her finals, and they started dating in September of that year. Before long, the two decided they wanted to make it official…
The happy couple married in a beautiful ceremony in Forsyth, Georgia. Danielle was 23 at the time, and Matt was just 22. However, they had committed to spending the rest of their lives together, and that was just what they were going to do.
The two were hopeful for their new life together. However, as the couple prepared to celebrate their 7-month wedding anniversary, something happened that neither one of them could have expected. As Matt left his home for work one fateful morning in July 2010, tragedy struck…
As Matt made his way down the highway. he failed to notice that a jeep had stopped abruptly in a merging lane. By the time he realized that the vehicle was right in front of him, it was too late. He struck the back of the illegally parked vehicle and his motorcycle went sliding across the asphalt. Ambulances soon arrived and took him to a nearby hospital.
Preparing For The Inevitable
Unfortunately, broken bones were the least of his problems. Matt’s prognosis was not good; the crash had severely damaged his body and his brain. After 9 days in the hospital, Matt’s doctors were ready to turn off his life support machine. They predicted that he only had a 10% chance of ever waking up again…
A Bleak Future
Of the 10% of people in the same condition as Matt, who do eventually regain consciousness, very few are ever able to do anything independently again. After receiving this news, and her husband’s prognosis, doctors faced Danielle with a difficult decision…
Nearly all of Matt’s doctors believed it would be better, and more humane, to let her husband die. However, Danielle was not about to give up on her love. She hoped her husband was strong enough to pull through. Besides, they had only just begun their life together. It couldn’t end now, like this…
The doctors begrudgingly agreed to allow Matt to remain on life support, but they said he would have to be cared for at home. Danielle agreed and brought her husband home but as time wore on, Matt’s condition remained almost exactly the same. The days soon turned into weeks, and the weeks turned 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 regimen was grueling…
Being A Caregiver
Matt had to be fed through a tube and couldn’t use the bathroom or shower by himself. In addition to those responsibilities, Danielle and her mom were responsible for administering more than 20 different medications to him every day and or doing his physical therapy as well.
Then Something Unbelievable
“He was just a body that didn’t react,” said Danielle in a documentary made by Savannah Christian Church and uploaded to Vimeo. After a month at home, however, something in Matt began to change. One morning, something happened that hadn’t happened since the day of the accident: Matt opened his eyes…
It was unbelievable, not only had Matt’s eyes finally opened, but he also began to follow Danielle and her mother around the room with his eyes as well. Soon he was even moving his lips, as if to speak. It was as if he was starting to acknowledge his surroundings for the first time since the accident.
One day, soon after this, while Danielle was trying to help Matt move his arm during a therapy session, another amazing thing happened: Matt actually spoke to his wife. Danielle was totally overwhelmed with a mixture of sheer joy and utter shock. Her husband was coming back to her…
“We noticed he was trying to talk, more like whisper,” said Danielle. “One day I put his hat in his hand, and 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!”
This was just the start of Matt’s long road to recovery. Strangely enough, though he had begun to speak again, he had absolutely no memory of the past 3 years. Luckily, those memories slowly but surely returned in time. Though Matt and Danielle still had many other challenges to face…
“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.
An Amazing 180
Soon enough, Matt was actually able to have a conversation. He could enjoy a joke, sing, eat and drink all by himself. He was even able to walk with the help of a walker. It was an absolutely incredible transformation: a total turnaround…
Asking For Financial Assistance
Three and a half years after his accident, Matt was still recovering but his insurance company was refusing to pay for ongoing treatment. Danielle turned to the fundraising website GoFundMe for help.
Anything is Possible
As of May 2016, with the 5th anniversary of his life changing 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 for the next 5 years. The couple know it’s big ask, but considering how far Matt has come over the last five years, anything’s possible.
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