Terry Wayne Wallis was born on April 7, 1964, in Marianna, Ark. His father, Jerry, was a mechanic and a farmer. His mother, Angilee (Marshall) Wallis, worked in a shirt factory.

At the time of his accident, Mr. Wallis was working as an auto mechanic and, his brother said, was “a little wild and lived on the edge, doing what he could do to enjoy life.”

After Terry awakened in 2003, his father said in an interview, “He enjoyed flirting with the nurses and he could move his arms and legs but couldn’t get up.”

He added: “He could talk to us, but it was like time had stopped for him. He remembered people from the time he wrecked.”

George Wallis recalled an incident from eight years ago when he took his wife, Lindsey, to visit his brother, who by then was more than a decade into his recovery.

“My wife is quite a bit younger than I am, and my mom said: ‘Terry, do you know who this is? This is Lindsey.

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