Terry Wallis Dies After Waking from 19 Year Brain Injury

(Daily Mail) – An Arkansas man who miraculously awoke after being in a coma for 19 years following a near-fatal car crash in 1984 that left him paralyzed has died.

Terry Wayne Wallis, 57 – who gained fame as ‘the man who slept 19 years’ – passed away on Tuesday surrounded by friends and family at Advanced Care Hospital in Searcy, just a week before his 58th birthday. The cause of death was not immediately available.

Wallis, of Big Flat, was involved in a horrific car accident just six weeks after the birth of his daughter, Amber, in July 1984.

At the time, he was driving in Stone County before his pickup truck skid off a bridge and plunged into a creek, killing a passenger. He had later been found unresponsive and his truck, which had flipped upside down in a dry riverbed, had been smashed into a railing fence after plunging nearly 25 feet. CONTINUE