This is the story of two extraordinary people and the endurance of their love. This is the story of how the human brain remains an undecipherable mystery even to the most groundbreaking medical professionals. This story is so unbelievably inspiring; it will challenge even the most cynical amongst you to believe in miracles.
On Valentine ’s Day 2010, Sally Nielsen received the phone call that we all believe will never happen to us; her fiancé, twenty five year old Sam Goddard, had suffered a catastrophic brain injury whilst playing a friendly soccer match and was now in intensive care. To this day, doctors are still at a loss to explain how a previously fit and healthy young man could have ended up with such a severe brain injury for no apparent reason. Medical staff grimly prepared Sam’s fiancé and his family for the worst – Sam was not expected to survive.
But five weeks later, Sam woke up. Miracle number one.
He was not, however, the same Sam. This Sam required twenty four hour care. He could not walk, nor could he speak and he required a feeding tube. Yet Sally remained loyally by his side and despite being told by various people (including Sam’s parents and medical staff) that it was OK if she decided to walk away from the situation, she adamantly refused to leave. For Sally, Sam was still her soul mate despite everything that had changed in their lives.
Sam underwent an intensive rehabilitation program at Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Brain Injury unit and over a period of several months, was able to relearn how to walk and help with some of his personal cares despite an initially bleak prognosis. This was a miracle doctors told his family, given the extent of his brain injury. Miracle number two.