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Doctor injured in bombing communicates with friends and family

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Nearly a week after someone bombed Arkansas doctor Trent Pierce's car, family and friends said Tuesday he's beginning to communicate with them.

Though a tube down his throat prevents Pierce from speak, family friend Dr. Scott Ferguson said he's found another way to communicate.

"If you ask him a question, he makes maneuvers with his hands or his feet or his head to let you know that he understands," Ferguson said.

Ferguson is a close friend and said Pierce has gotten very good at communicating with his toes, especially the other day, when friends brought him some Beatles music.
"He loves music, and his feet just started popping with the music," Ferguson said. "It started tapping with the music, and you could see him smile - with his feet - and he was thoroughly enjoying it."

That's great news, considering the bomb that blew up Pierce's car damaged his arms and eyes, and burned his body.

"There will be more surgeries with his eyes, and a little more skin grafting, so we still have some of those things to go," Ferguson said.

By Dr. Pierce's side at the Regional Medical Center has been his wife Melissa.  Friends say they have developed their own way of communicating.

"She will say 'I love you Trent' and his feet will just come up, and it's been great," Ferguson said.

There's no definite word yet on how long Pierce will have to stay in the hospital.  Meanwhile, police say dozens of lawmen around the country are investigating the bombing.

Crimestoppers is offering a reward for information, and a source close to the investigation says a group is working to establish a large reward for information about the bombing.

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