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Former coma patient graduates

MOTIVATED:Despite a car crash which left him in a coma for three months and permanent physical injuries, a Pingtung student returned to university and graduated

Staff writer, with CNA

National Pingtung University of Science and Technology student Yang Hung-meng, first right, graduates yesterday after being in a vegetative state for three months and a three-year break from school.

Photo: CNA

A student who woke up from a three-month-long coma and underwent three years of rehabilitation returned to National Pingtung University of Science and Technology in 2013 to complete his education was yesterday congratulated at his graduation ceremony by President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).

Yang Hung-meng’s (楊弘盟) bravery and his parents’ determination that he complete the last two years of his degree were lauded by the president.

The son of farmers, Yang has been accepted by the university’s graduate school to pursue studies in agribusiness management.

Yang fell into a coma measuring level three on the Glasgow coma scale following a car accident. Yang was at first considered by doctors to be on the brink of brain death.

When he awoke, he did not have the same range of abilities as before. Damage to his brain meant he had difficulties with speech and coordination.

Yang told his parents before the accident that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps by either managing a small farm or running a bigger farm on leased land.

Impressed by his determination to return to school and forge a career in agriculture, Yang’s parents not only helped arrange his rehabilitation, but also joined him in the classroom to provide assistance.

The university allowed his father to help him take notes during lectures and arranged individual examinations for Yang.

Yang said that he never stopped his rehabilitative efforts, such as learning to walk with the help of a walking frame or riding a tricycle on campus every day.

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