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Man who spent 19 years in a coma before regaining awareness dies at 57

Terry Wayne Wallis, the man who spent 19 years in a coma before he regained awareness in 2003, has died, according to an obituary. He was 57.

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Terry Wayne Wallis, the man who spent 19 years in a coma before he regained awareness in 2003, has died, according to an obituary. He was 57.

Highlights

  • Terry Wayne Wallis, of Big Flat, Arkansas, was in a car accident in 1984.
  • He was minimally conscious, but doctors believed he would remain forever in a coma.
  • Instead, he started talking in 2003, believing no time had passed.
  • Wallis became known as “The Man Who Slept for 19 Years," inspiring headlines like “Miracle in Arkansas" He first recognized his mother and asked for milk and Pepsi, according to the BBC in July 2003.
  • He then graduated to “anything he wants to say," a caretaker told the BBC, a report said in July of that month, and started talking again.