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Car bomb victim continues recovery

Dr. Trent Pierce Dr. Trent Pierce

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Dr. Trent Pierce, the Arkansas physician critically injured by a car bomb earlier this month, continued his recovery at The MED Monday.  According to a family friend, a moment the doctor shared with his wife on Valentine's Day was worthy of the silver screen.

Last Friday, Melissa Pierce lived through her husband's most difficult day since a bomb went off near his car more than a week ago.  Dr. Pierce's best friend, Dr. Scott Ferguson, said Pierce suffered setbacks in his recovery late week.
"He started running some fever, and had difficulty breathing," Ferguson said. "We were very anxious."

Saturday morning, however, Pierce showed some improvement when Melissa went up to her husband, who can't yet speak, and can't yet see out of his only salvaged eye.

"Melissa went over and whispered in his ear, 'Today is Valentine's Day.'  Said, 'Happy Valentine's Day, I love you,'" Ferguson said. "And he reached up with his arm and put his arm on her shoulder. He pursed his lips, for a kiss."

Ferguson said that moment was big for many reasons.

"His ability to hear and understand...him knowing that it was Valentine's Day...him knowing that it was Melissa...him knowing to put his arm up, and to purse his lips," he said. "It indicates so many wonderful things."

The gesture as simple, yet as difficult as a kiss, is likely now the most valuable gift ever from Dr. Trent Pierce to Mrs. Pierce.

If all goes as well, the breathing tube in Dr. Pierce's throat will be removed by the end of the week, and that should allow him to speak for the first time since the bombing.

A Facebook group has been set up in support of Dr. Pierce.  Click here to view the group.

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