Christmas this year for the family of Mark Scott involved a quiet hospital gathering and prayers for a miracle.
It is just over six months since the talented Tarrawanna triathlete was involved in a road accident at Primbee, hit by a car during an early-morning cycling ride.
Today he remains in a coma in Liverpool Hospital’s Brain Injury Unit, without any means of life support.
He is constantly surrounded by family members including his wife Lauren, 17-month-old son Oscar, sister Anna and parents Bob and Sue. Christmas Day will be no different.
Bob said the family had read a great deal of literature in their efforts to understand the silent world of a coma patient.
“We’ve done massive amounts of research – we will try anything for Mark,” he said.
“There are waking and sleeping phases so we, at all times, treat him as though he might have a level of consciousness there.”
Bob said that while his son was not on life support, he still required full medical assistance.
“The hospital staff are very good,” he said.
“Although Mark is asleep, he undergoes therapy, to put him in the best possible condition for recovery when he wakes – the recovery we are hoping for when he wakes.”
Read more: Illawarramercury.com.au