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'I thought I was dreaming,' Nearly brain-dead father wakes up after being taken off life support

Ra'eesah Manack
Jan 11, 2019
05:06 A.M.
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Nebraska man was nearly brain dead after a stroke. In a miraculous turn of events, the comatose father woke up after being taken off life support.

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Scott Marr’s family was shocked and devastated when they discovered him unresponsive in his Nebraska home on December 12. Doctors discovered he had suffered a severe stroke and brain swelling.

Doctors suspected he would not survive the ordeal. They predicted that he was nearly brain dead and would probably never wake up.

“He was intubated, and he didn’t look like he was in any pain or anything, but he wasn’t responding to commands or reflexes. The neurosurgeon said if there was anything he could do, he would do it, but that we needed to prepare ourselves for the reality of the situation,” said Scott’s daughter, Preston Mar in an interview.

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The doctor's predictions the family decided the best course of action was to take him off life support. They began arranging to have Scott cremated and planning his funeral.

“[Doctors] told us he was on his way to brain death so we said our goodbyes before extubating him, all the monitors were shut off and we waited by his side,” Preston said. She added, “None of us wanted him lying in that hospital bed any longer than he had to.”

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However, on December 14 things took a miraculous turn. Preston was visiting her father at the hospital and greeted him not expecting a response when suddenly he smiled at her.

“I literally thought I was dreaming,” she said, “It was the craziest moment ever.”

https://twitter.com/NBCNightlyNews/status/1082441759425286144

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His excited daughter asked him to wiggle his thumbs and toes. He father complied with her request and managed to do what she requested.

“I literally had to rub my eyes to make sure it was actually happening,” said Presley who couldn't believe what was happening.

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It was discovered that Scott had not suffered a stroke. He was actually suffering from posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES).

PRES is a “poorly understood” uncommon neurological condition. It is often linked to high blood pressure and can be treated.

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Scott is now being treated for the correct condition and is in recovery. He is undergoing physical and occupational therapy.

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The media has dubbed him the “Miracle Man.” He attributes his recovery and survival solely to God's will.

https://twitter.com/NBCNightlyNews/status/1082441759425286144

“I’m not an extremely religious person. I don’t go to church every Sunday. But I do believe in God. I believe with all my heart. And now this is just proof for me that everything I’ve ever heard is true. That he loves me. That he’s right there for me… It was pretty much a miracle.” said Marr.

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