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Scantlin Speaks More After Mysterious 'Awakening'
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 4, 2005

HUTCHINSON, KANSAS--Sarah Scantlin started talking earlier this year.

It was the first time in 20 years that she spoke.

A drunk driver slammed into Sarah on September 22, 1984 when she was 18 years old. She was in a coma for about a month after the accident because of the injury to her brain. After that, she did not talk or move on her own, leading some to say she was "brain dead".

Sarah's parents, James and Betsy Scantlin believed that she was very much alive and aware, and had her nursing home continue with her therapies, including speech therapy.

On January 12 of this year, for reasons that doctors cannot explain, Sarah started talking again.

And part of what she says confirms that, during the years she could not speak, she knew much about what was going on.

When Sarah's mother asked her if she knew about Oklahoma City, referring to the April 19, 1995 bombing of a federal building in which 168 people died, including many children at a day care center, Sarah replied: "Children. Hospitals."

When her father asked "Sarah, what's 9/11?" Sarah responded: "Bad . . . fire . . . airplanes . . . building . . . hurt people."

Sarah's parents are quick to point out that Sarah's condition was much different than that of Terri Schiavo, who died in March of this year after her feeding tube was removed.

"They are not remotely connected," her father told the Washington Post.

"We turned down Larry King. And Fox. The religious media said she woke from a coma after 20 years. She was in a coma one month."

"Sarah Scantlin's 20-Year Journey From Coma to Silence to Breakthrough" (Washington Post)
"Awake After 20 Years, Sarah Speaks" (WCBS-TV)
"Woman Begins Talking After 20 Year Silence" (Inclusion Daily Express Archives)


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