Focus on the Family publishes an e-mail newsletter titled Citizen Link ... today's issue included the following News Brief ...
Woman Recovers Ability to Speak and Remember
She's been unable to talk for 20 years -- but now Sarah Scantlin's family has cause for celebration. The Hutchinson, Kan., woman is regaining her memory and is able to
form words -- for the first time since she was hit by a drunken driver in the 1980s.
"She's 100 percent Sarah again," said Jim Scantlin, Sarah's father.
Since 1984, Sarah, who is now 38, has been aware of her surroundings but unable make any sounds -- other than a loud cry. But a month ago, she told employees at the Golden Plains Health Care Center, "OK, OK" and is now reportedly forming other words, counting and remembering people and places.
Focus on the Family Founder and Chairman Dr. James C. Dobson said not only does he rejoice with Sarah's family, but this situation shows that mental disabilities do not
damage a person's worth.
"The preciousness of life is not defined by one's abilities," Dobson said. "Those who suffer a disabling injury are entitled to the same right to life as we all are."
Dobson renewed his call for courts and authorities to preserve the life of a disabled Florida woman, Terri Schiavo, who is in danger of once again being starved and dehydrated to death.
"Terri Schiavo deserves the same chance at life that Sarah Scantlin was given," Dobson said.