SOME OF THE HEROES YOU'LL MEET
In HOPE EMERGES, you will meet doctors and nurses, physical and speech therapists.
Families learning to cope with a son, a brother, a husband suffering unspeakable damage.
And patients working -- and sometimes struggling -- to find their way back to the lives they planned.
Or to make a new plan. A new normal.
His admiration of his co-workers is genuine and ever-present.
Ask the patients and their families about Pai, and they'll tell stories of patience and calm -- "He listens. He helps."
Spirituality guides his approach to medicine and to life in a place where the consequences of modern war come home to be healed. "Be human," he said.
"Don't just be a healthcare provider."
The work of this speech language pathologist often begins before patients are even awake and aware of her. Spices. Cigarettes. Ground coffee. A bell and a whistle. A mirror. They're all part of a Coma Recovery Scale.
She balances patience with a well-honed sense of when patients are tired and when they aren't giving adequate effort in speech sessions -- and what it will take to get that effort, to get them to try their best to regain the ability to talk.
In one case, all it took was a plastic straw and an appeal any battlefield-tested Marine would understand.