Don Herbert (firefighter)
Don Herbert (
May 7, 1961– February 21, 2006) was an American firefighterbased in Buffalo, New York. He was injured while fighting a residential fire in December 1995, when he was struck by debris following a roof collapse. After being deprived of oxygen for 12 minutes, he fell into a coma.
He awoke over nine years later on
April 30, 2005, after being treated over a three-month period with an experimental new drug cocktail. This treatment had usually been reserved for patients with ADHDand/or Parkinson's disease.
Herbert remained fully conscious for 14 hours; spending that time catching up with his family before returning to a quieter state. He maintained the ability to interact with his family until his death on
February 21, 2006, but never again at that same level of acuity.
Leaving behind a wife and four sons, Don Herbert was buried with departmental honors.
* [http://www.wben.com/news/fullstory.php?newsid=04475 WBEN 930: Colleagues Remember Don Herbert]
* [http://news.google.com/url?sa=t&ct=us/2-0&fp=43fc8cd4867f8e83&ei=Jcn8Q6GyM82MFv7i6M4K&url=http%3A//edition.cnn.com/2006/US/02/21/coma.death/&cid=1104420243 CNN International: "After a decade in coma, just 10 months awake"]
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