Young Smith County Resident Wakes Up From Coma

Ben Wood said the only thing he remembers from the day of his accident was that he told his dad he was going to his uncle and aunt's.  Ben's family members, however, say they'll never forget what they saw on New Year's Eve night.

"I found out and was actually on the scene right as the ambulance got there," said Ben's sister Katie Wood.  "I actually saw my brother lying on the floor."  Not much is left of Ben's yellow Suzuki SV-650, the bike he was riding before the accident that sent him into a coma.  Doctors told his family and friends he would possibly be asleep for two days, two weeks, or two months.  While Ben laid in a hospital bed, his family wasn't sure when, or if he'd ever wake up, but two weeks later, Ben opened his eyes.

"When I first woke up, everything was black," said Ben.  "I thought I was blind, and I couldn't speak to nobody to find out."  Ben is speaking now.  His sight is still a little blurry, and he traded in the Suzuki for a mountain bike.  It's a recovery his family considered a miracle.

"I walked into the room to my brother sitting in a chair with his eyes open, and responding to commands, and I almost screamed," said Katie.

"It's only by the grace of God he's standing and walking now," said Ben's mother Sandy Wood.  It was an experience Ben said he didn't wish for, but one that he's grateful for.

"God gave me a second chance, and I don't need to waste it," said Ben.

A benefit golf tournament has been organized to help Ben and his family with his medical bills.   It is scheduled for Saturday, March 1st at Pine Springs Golf Course on C.R. 334, just north of Tyler.  You can register that morning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.  T-off is scheduled for 8:30 am.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.