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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Miracle man Gary Dockery almost slipped away when he developed pneumonia as he lay in the coma.
POLICEMAN Gary Dockery woke up this week...and found himself in a different world.
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.