Parents Unconditional Love for Their Brain-Injured Son

David Rusko

(Observer-Reporter) – This Christmas, Kim and Dave Rusko are praying for a miracle.

They’ll be spending the holidays at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. The couple must await the results of an insurance appeal, wondering if their son will get the care he desperately needs to recover from a traumatic brain injury.

“We’re just a small-town family with a son who’s lucky to be alive, and we want to bring him home one day,” Dave said.

Their 22-year-old son, David, affectionately nicknamed “Davey,” has been in a vegetative state for six weeks following an accident at West Virginia University.

He was visiting with fellow fraternity brothers after a home football game Nov. 10. Kim recalls her son sent a goodnight message at 8:45 p.m. One minute later, he had fallen down a flight of stairs, and help didn’t arrive for two and a half hours. The WVU senior finance major and Uniontown native was rushed to Ruby Memorial Hospital and has remained in critical condition there since.

Doctors at Ruby told the Ruskos there was little to no hope. CONTINUE