Gary Dockery

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A police officer who was shot in the head in 1988 while responding to a domestic disturbance. He slipped into a semicomatose state for 7+ years. In 1996, he woke up and started talking again nonstop, recognised old friends, recalled the names of his horses, and camping trips. The following day he fell silent, as he recovered from lung surgery, and never recovered. In April 1997, he died at age 43
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Gary Dockery was locked inside a mute, motionless world for eight of his 43 years.
Miracle man Gary Dockery almost slipped away when he developed pneumonia as he lay in the coma.
And back in the small town of Walden, Tennessee, Gary Dockery was a devoted father, helping his two young sons, Shane and Colt, with their homework and sharing in their joys - baseball and horse-riding.
Gary Dockery spoke three times Wednesday, proof that his 18 hours of conversation Feb.
Gary Dockery, who amazed his family with his abrupt return to consciousness Monday, had infectious fluid drained from his lungs.