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The Day Donny Herbert Woke Up - A True Story

Rich Blake

Donny Herbert was a hardworking Buffalo city firefighter who, in December 1995, was searching the attic of a burning house when the snow-laden roof collapsed. For six minutes he was without oxygen. A beloved husband, a father of four boys, a neighborhood fixture who was always willing to lend a helping hand, Donny fell into a vegetative state that lasted nearly a decade. His prognosis was poor, and while he could open his eyes, he was unresponsive to the world around him. Donny Herbert was, for all practical purposes, gone. Until one day, in April 2005, when he woke up and spoke almost nonstop to his family and loved ones for nearly sixteen hours. The Day Donny Herbert Woke Up is the story of this remarkable moment, which was covered by the press worldwide, from the New York Times to the AP newswire. For his wife, Linda, who had held the family together for years, who had prayed nightly for Donny's recovery, it was a miracle. For his doctors and nurses, it was a medical mystery. For his sonsÑincluding his youngest, with whom he had never before had a conversationÑit was a blessing. After his remarkable day, Donny Herbert fell into a deep sleep and never experienced a comparable moment of clarity. He died, in February 2006, from pneumonia. Written by Linda's cousin, The Day Donny Herbert Woke Up makes the reader wonder: Was it an experimental drug cocktail or an act of God that brought Donny back? Linda believes that each contributed to the miraculous day when he woke, but more than anything, she credits Donny himself-a man with the strength to will himself back into his family's lives, if only to remind them one last time of how very much he loved them. This is as much Linda's storyÑone of perseverance and faith-as it is of a remarkable husband, father, and firefighter. From the Hardcover edition.

Donny Herbert was a hardworking Buffalo city firefighter who, in December 1995, was searching the attic of a burning house when the snow-laden roof collapsed. For six minutes he was without oxygen. A beloved husband, a father of four boys, a neighborhood fixture who was always willing to lend a helping hand, Donny fell into a vegetative state that lasted nearly a decade. His prognosis was poor, and while he could open his eyes, he was unresponsive to the world around him. Donny Herbert was, for all practical purposes, gone. Until one day, in April 2005, when he woke up and spoke almost nonstop to his family and loved ones for nearly sixteen hours. The Day Donny Herbert Woke Up is the story of this remarkable moment, which was covered by the press worldwide, from the New York Times to the AP newswire. For his wife, Linda, who had held the family together for years, who had prayed nightly for Donny's recovery, it was a miracle. For his doctors and nurses, it was a medical mystery. For his sonsÑincluding his youngest, with whom he had never before had a conversationÑit was a blessing. After his remarkable day, Donny Herbert fell into a deep sleep and never experienced a comparable moment of clarity. He died, in February 2006, from pneumonia. Written by Linda's cousin, The Day Donny Herbert Woke Up makes the reader wonder: Was it an experimental drug cocktail or an act of God that brought Donny back? Linda believes that each contributed to the miraculous day when he woke, but more than anything, she credits Donny himself-a man with the strength to will himself back into his family's lives, if only to remind them one last time of how very much he loved them. This is as much Linda's storyÑone of perseverance and faith-as it is of a remarkable husband, father, and firefighter. From the Hardcover edition.
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Donny Herbert was a hardworking Buffalo city firefighter who, in December 1995, was searching the attic of a burning house when the snow-laden roof collapsed. For six minutes he was without oxygen. A beloved husband, a father of four boys, a neighborhood fixture who was always willing to lend a helping hand, Donny fell into a vegetative state that lasted nearly a decade. His prognosis was poor, and while he could open his eyes, he was unresponsive to the world around him. Donny Herbert was, for all practical purposes, gone. Until one day, in April 2005, when he woke up and spoke almost nonstop to his family and loved ones for nearly sixteen hours. The Day Donny Herbert Woke Up is the story of this remarkable moment, which was covered by the press worldwide, from the New York Times to the AP newswire. For his wife, Linda, who had held the family together for years, who had prayed nightly for Donny's recovery, it was a miracle. For his doctors and nurses, it was a medical mystery. For his sonsÑincluding his youngest, with whom he had never before had a conversationÑit was a blessing. After his remarkable day, Donny Herbert fell into a deep sleep and never experienced a comparable moment of clarity. He died, in February 2006, from pneumonia. Written by Linda's cousin, The Day Donny Herbert Woke Up makes the reader wonder: Was it an experimental drug cocktail or an act of God that brought Donny back? Linda believes that each contributed to the miraculous day when he woke, but more than anything, she credits Donny himself-a man with the strength to will himself back into his family's lives, if only to remind them one last time of how very much he loved them. This is as much Linda's storyÑone of perseverance and faith-as it is of a remarkable husband, father, and firefighter. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kimberly Farr

Length:

6h 15m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:34


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:15


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:45


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:22


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:04


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:26


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:28


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:33


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:54


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:27


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:03


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:45


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:58


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:46


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:23


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:06


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:07


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:59


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:19


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:20


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:33


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:35


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:42


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:02


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:12


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:39


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:14


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:22


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:10


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:07


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:44


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:47


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:18


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:45


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:54


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:15


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:46


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:02


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:25


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:06


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:54


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:44


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:02


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:30


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:52


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:59


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:05


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:54


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:37


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:08


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:07


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:51


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:21


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:20


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:17


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:24


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:10


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

02:08


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:26


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:40


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:24


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:27


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:21


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:11


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:46


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:35


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:05