‘Miraculously awakened’ man gets through college
A student who “miraculously awoke” after being in vegetative state for three months and after three years of rehabilitation in 2013, returned to National Pingtung University of Science and Technology to finish his university education and received personal greetings and encouragement from President Ma Ying-jeou Friday at his graduation ceremony.
Yang Hung- meng’s ( ) struggle and his parents’ persistence in putting him through the last two years of university were lauded by the president. The son of a farming family is the pride of his parents, in particular since he has been accepted by the university’s graduate school to pursue studies in agribusiness management.
Yang fell into coma following a car accident. Diagnosed as Glasgow coma scale 3, the Pingtung university junior was considered by doctor at first to be on the brink of brain death.
When he awoke, he was not the person his family and friends knew. The damage to his brain had led to difficulties in expressing himself and inability to move.
Yang told his parents before the accident that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps, either managing his own small farm or operating a bigger farm on leased land.
Impressed by his willpower to return to school and his aspiration for a career in farming, Yang’s parents not only helped arrange his rehabilitation but also accompanied him in the classroom to provide assistance.
Meanwhile, the Pingtung University of Science and Technology was especially considerate, allowing his father to help him take notes in lectures and arranging individual examinations for him.
Yang said that he had never stopped his self-training, such as learning to walk with the help of a walking frame or riding a tricycle on campus every day.
He maintained that the aspiration of returning to school has been the biggest incentive for him to continue his rehabilitation.
Yang Hung-meng, right, poses with his parents after his graduation ceremony at the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, yesterday. Yang graduated with a bachelor’s degree at the university after “miraculously awoke” from a three-month vegetative state and returned to school after three years of rehabilitation in 2013 to finish his postgraduate education.