‘Mirac­u­lously awak­ened’ man gets through col­lege

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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