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Man Wakes from Coma, Gets Married

(COURTESY CNN)
Embargoed to Sacramento, California.

Tommy Jeglum, a telecommunications tower climber, fell 50 feet while working in June, 2013. He was in a coma for more than two months. Doctors originally told Regina only 10% of people with Tommy's injuries actually wake up, and some stay in a vegetative state. Tommy is able to sit up, eat and Regina says his speech is getting better. The couple decided to celebrate Tommy's recovery and got married on Christmas Day.

(COURTESY CNN) Embargoed to Sacramento, California. Tommy Jeglum, a telecommunications tower climber, fell 50 feet while working in June, 2013. He was in a coma for more than two months. Doctors originally told Regina only 10% of people with Tommy's injuries actually wake up, and some stay in a vegetative state. Tommy is able to sit up, eat and Regina says his speech is getting better. The couple decided to celebrate Tommy's recovery and got married on Christmas Day.

SACRAMENTO, California (KTXL)–Love knows no bounds; a terrifying fall, months-long coma and on-going therapy couldn’t stop a Sacramento couple from tying the knot on Christmas Day.

Just six months ago, a wedding seemed impossible for Tommy and Regina Jeglum.

Tommy, a telecommunications tower climber, fell 50 feet while working in June. He was in a coma for more than two months.

Doctors originally told Regina only 10% of people with Tommy’s injuries actually wake up, and some stay in a vegetative state.

“Now he is awake and getting better every day,” Regina told FOX40. “”It’s amazing, our children have their daddy to hold him kiss him.”

Tommy is able to sit up, eat and Regina says his speech is getting better.

The couple decided to celebrate Tommy’s recovery and got married on Christmas Day.

But the opportunity to have Tommy home with loved ones couldn’t have happened without the support of friends, families and the Hubble Foundation; an organization dedicated to helping tower climbers’ families.

“People can argue facts and figures, but the dangers we are exposed to every day are real,” Bryce Mallory, another tower climber, said.

Mallory connected with the Jeglum’s through the foundation, and has been offering a helping hand through Tommy’s treatments.

“To know that true love exists like that today. Today is a Christmas miracle,” Mallory said of Regina and Tommy’s wedding.

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3 comments

  • Hailey

    Congratulations and Best Wishes to this couple. What a joy to read about this triumph as opposed to murders in cLEVELAND.

  • Vicky

    Let this story stand as a reminder to all those who say Jahi McMath, the little 13 year old girl who slipped into a coma after tonsil surgery recently should be taken off life support – doctors do not always know everything! Jahi’s family is begging for help to keep their daughter on life support, the hospital is fighting for the right to remove life support and let this poor girl die. Not everyone who is declared “brain dead” and in a coma, is doomed to die! Give them a chance, at least!

  • Marie

    Vicky- brain death and coma are two very different things. Brain death means that without the aid of machines the person will not be able to live. People in comas can survive without machines. A person with brain death goes through tests to show the death. There is no way a Doctor could try and fake those tests. Yes, I am a Mom. I would not want my child kept alive if I knew there was no possible way for him to function without those machines.

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