A husband in China has regained his conscious from a five-year coma after his wife nursed him more than 20 hours a day for nearly 2,000 days.
Li Zhihua, from Xiangyang in Hubei Province, got serious brain injuries in a traffic accident in 2013. His wife became his only carer afterwards and she slept only two to three hours a day in order to clean, feed and talk to him.
The first thing Mr Li said to his wife after waking up was: ‘Wife, I love you!’
Their amazing story was reported this week by Chinese news outlets, including Btime.com, Cover News and Pear.
According to reports, Mr Li was knocked down by a motorbike in August, 2013, while riding a scooter to work.
Narrating his ordeal, Dr Wan Qing’an told reporters: ‘When he was taken to the hospital, he was in a vegetative state. He could not respond to anything.’
His wife, 57-year-old Zhang Guihuan, recalled: ‘The doctor told me it was possible that he would be in a persistent vegetative state.’
She stated her unwillingness to accept the diagnosis and wanted to prove the doctors wrong.
Day in day out, the resilient wife stayed next to Mr Li’s bed to converse with him and play his favourite songs, prayerful his condition would improve.
‘These things were very helpful to stimulate his nervous system,’ Dr Wan said.
The determined wife slept only two to three hours a day and looked after Mr Li in every aspect possible. As a result, she lost 10 kilograms (22 pounds) during the course.
Ms Zhang said in order to feed her husband, she had to carefully put food into his month and then gently pressed his tongue to let him know that he could eat.
Mr Li miraculously regained his conscious last year.
The husband continued staying in the hospital in order to undergo recovery treatment.
Dr Wan said though Mr Li could not pronounce words clearly, he was conscious of what is happening around him.
Footage filmed yesterday in the hospital shows the wife assisting Mr Li to practise walking with the help of a frame.
The video also shows her giving her husband a massage.
Dr Wan said Mr Li had made great improvement after participating in the recovery scheme for more than a year.
Speaking of Ms Zhang, head nurse Xia Li said: ‘She taught her partner many movements and patiently demonstrated them to him without any complaint.’
Talking about future, Ms Zhang said: ‘I have never thought about giving up. As long as he is alive, I will keep serving him.’