A Michigan couple had their life turned upside down in April 2014, but their true life love story showed that when love and hope are all you have left, faith will help you prevail.
Scott Hawkins had called his wife Danielle complaining of a headache that day—but what made her worried was his slurred speech.
That phone call would be the last time for the next couple of weeks she would hear the love of her life speak.
Her worries weren’t unfounded—it was a sign of a stroke. Scott was soon put in an ambulance and taken to Flint Area Hospital, Michigan.
She would learn that he had a stroke caused by an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) present from birth and his blood pressure rose to levels that made fluids leak into his lungs.
“His mother and I were told to call his family and because he was not going to make it through the night,” Danielle recalled.
At the hospital, surgeons tried to create a clot in his brain in the hope of stopping the bleeding and correct the aneurysm but he had a heart attack and “they lost him for a few minutes,” Danielle said.
For three weeks Scott was in the ICU with no substantial voluntary muscle movement.
“He still wasn’t following commands, he didn’t have a cough, gag reflex. He uh actually had gotten worse,” Danielle said.
At that point, she was advised by the doctors to “let him go,” a softer version of “he was not going to make it through this.”
Talk of Disney tales where kisses turn frogs into princes—but when Danielle kissed her husband who was in a medical vegetative state all her hopes were rekindled.
“I am not sure if it was real or not but I didn’t because every time I kissed him he kissed me back,” she said.
Her husband kissing her back was the reason she needed to believe he would make it. In reality, after three years of marriage and a love that spanned from high school to adulthood, she had kissed him on all occasions except on a death bed and she was not ready to let him go.
According to Stroke.org, 9 out of 10 patients develop difficulty in moving voluntary muscles when part of their brains are affected by a stroke. This necessitates that they learn how to use them again.
Scott was taken to a nursing home in Michigan then later relocated to Spectrum Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center while still on a stretcher.
There, he learned how to speak again where he said his first words to his wife after the stroke, “I love you.”
Sixteen weeks later, they left the hospital, Scott using a walker—able to walk on his two feet even after doctors initially said there was no hope for survival.