Tabitha and her mother, Kim, were horseback riding on a local farm, when all of a sudden, Tabitha’s horse bolted. When Kim discovered her she was face down, unconscious, with her bleeding ears.
At the hospital Tabitha was diagnosed with a fractured skull and a swollen, bleeding brain. She was in a coma. Jacob, her husband and their four sons were terrified.
“When you can’t talk to her and she can’t talk to you or, she’s unconscious — it was a scary moment,” Jacob explained. Neurosurgeon Dr. Arun Jacob, who treated Tabitha, saw her brain was swelling too fast.
They had to remove a part of her skull or else she would die. Thankfully, she survived the surgery, but the doctor said that she could be mentally or physically impaired.
“My biggest fear in the whole thing was that she just wouldn’t recognize me or our boys. I wasn’t worried really about her, she was in a wheelchair or anything like that, I just wanted her to know who we were,” said Jacob.
Tabitha appeared to be recovering in ways that the doctors did not expect. She was taken off a ventilator and even spoke for the first time since the accident. “She looked over at her husband, and she said, ‘Don’t ever let them do that to me again,’” Kim said.
Not only was Tabitha awake and taking, she still had her sense of humor. Doctors would come in to ask Tabitha if she recognised friends and family, and she always did.
“I was like, ‘If y’all ask me one more time who somebody is, I think I’m going to come off the bed! I know who everybody is!’” Tabitha said.
After nine days she was able to go home, as she was almost recovered. She could walk, climb stairs, and have full conversations.
“It’s really gratifying for people like us, when we see things like that, because it’s not happening every day,” Dr. Arun Jacob said. “I think she had a miraculous recovery.”
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