Usually a follow up to a story comes a few days or weeks of the original story. This follow up comes 15 years later. In 1997 I covered the story of 19-year-old Mickey Logan, left in a coma days before Christmas.
He was in a car crash and his neighbors in Avondale were keeping the Christmas lights on until Mickey came home.
Recently Mickey's dad contacted me on Facebook and told me 15 years later Mickey's still alive and still in a coma. This story will have you wondering how far would you go to care for your child.
"It was December 20 of 1997. Called me from the KFC on the corner. ‘Mickey's been in an accident.' I was panicking… she was in shock. They said he's in a coma," says Tim Logan.
It's a day he'll never forget.
He played back that story I covered in 1997 -- a Christmas light vigil for his son. We recently met again and while much has changed, much has remained the same.
Mickey will be 35 this year and other than a feeding tube he breathes on his own.
And he is surrounded by love.
Barbara and Tim Logan were faced with the worst outcome. Their son never came back from that crash. But in a cruel twist, he also never left, stuck in a coma or as doctors say, minimally conscious.
Neither dead nor fully living.
But this is not a story about a family refusing to let go, keeping their son alive when doctors said there's no hope.
"There wasn't a plug to pull on Mickey," says Tim.
Doctors suggested a nursing home.
"You know how could you do that? How could you, you know, I'm not perfect. They don't want me anymore," says Barbara.
In 15 years Mickey has never uttered a word. Never shared a thought.
"I feel like sometimes we connect where he's looking right at me, and he's like what's going on," says Tim.
"We tell him what day it is, what it's like outside. And we open the window. We put on the TV for him."
Since he was already retired with a heart condition, Tim devoted his life to caring for Mickey. But five years after Mickey's accident, Tim almost died.
"40 percent of the left side of my heart was destroyed," says Tim.
In need of a heart transplant, given just hours to survive.
"Just as I was laying down to sleep thinking, this was going to be my last day on the planet I was that sick, I got a phone call, said ‘Tim we have you a heart.'"
Tim says getting the heart the same day he got on the transplant list was not only a miracle -- it was a sign that he has a reason to live -- and that reason is Mickey.
And he and his wife do that with devotion and tenderness.
"There is no bitterness, we're a blessed family. We don't want anyone to ever feel sorry for us. I'm lucky to be here. I'm lucky that Mickey's still here that I can care for him," says Tim.
Makes you wonder how you would respond in a similar situation.
"You'll do anything for your children. There's nothing you won't do. People say, I don't think I could do that. And I say how do you know, you never had to do it," says Tim. "Mickey's still alive. Are we supposed to just throw him away? I mean some people would say yeah. You just put ‘em away. Not us. No. Never."
Mickey could live another 50 years.
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