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Boy Recovering From 'Persistent Vegetative State'
October 10, 2006

YAMHILL, OREGON--During a mysterious illness two years ago this week, nine-year-old Devon Rivers lapsed into what doctors called a "persistent vegetative state".

Doctors suspected a virus or bacterial infection, but were never able to pinpoint the cause.

And just as mysteriously, Devon started showing signs of recovery a few weeks ago.

Again, doctors are baffled.

Now, Devon's family is looking forward to bringing their son back home from the nursing facility where he has stayed for much of the last 22 months.

"Back from a 22-month sleep" (McMinnville News-Register)


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