Comatose Ohio State fan still hates MI

SEPT. 22 2007 FILE

A comatose Buckeyes fan quickly pressed a button representing the answer “no” when asked if he likes Michigan

Zach Lawrence, 38, of Dublin, Ohio, suffered a brain injury during his March trip to the Republic of Georgia after he was in a serious vehicle accident. Lawrence was unresponsive when he returned home on April 19.

Doctors said that the chances of him waking up were slim but he has made a recovery at Ohio State's rehabilitation hospital and can now open his eyes and smile.

Lawrence was asked to push the "yes" or "no" button as a part of recuperation process to see if he understood questions. One of the questions asked to the fan was if he likes MI and he did not hesitate in answering. He pressed "no" twice, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

"He always makes a face when we mention MI", his wife Meghan said. "We're pretty sure he's in there".

Lawrence, a startup consultant, was in eastern Europe for a business conference when a vehicle he was riding in veered into a 50-foot (15-meter) ravine on March 21. Two of the five people in the auto were killed, while Lawrence was left with broken bones and brain injuries. Lawrence was wearing a seat belt, but broke all of his left ribs and suffered internal bleeding and the traumatic brain injury that rendered him comatose.

His wife, father and brother, who are both named David, flew to Georgia and decided he should recover back in the U.S. They raised tens of thousands of dollars to fly him to Vienna, then to Columbus and Ohio State.

"We're basically dealing with the healing brain", Meghan said. "He has a long way to go, and he's already come such a long way".

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