MADISON COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) - The family of Madison County Deputy Brad Sullivan updated on his condition Thursday.
According to a Facebook post from a public page titled Praying for Deputy Brad Sullivan, Sullivan’s brother Eric Parker said that he is awake and responding by mouthing some things.
His brother said he does have a traumatic brain injury, but doctors are still working to learn the depth of the injury.
“The prayers and fundraising has been absolutely amazing. He is going to be amazed and love all the comments and videos on this page,” said Parker.
Parker said the brain injury is causing issues that the family prefers not to discuss at this time.
“He is making baby steps every day but as long as he is moving forward we are very happy! We truly appreciate all your continued prayers, they are still needed,” the post read.
Lee Moss is the Director of the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi, and she said there can be a long recovery process after a coma, but that there is life after TBI.
“You know it takes a lot of therapy to get back to the place where you can function normally, hopefully go back home, go to work and that kind of thing. But I mean honestly there’s just no way to predict what’s going to happen.”
Many close to Brad Sullivan say there are two very specific things at play in his gradual recovery aside from skilled doctors. Prayer has definitely played a major role all the way throughout Sullivan’s gradual healing.
Jeff Parker is the pastor at Southside Baptist Church, and his congregation began praying for Sullivan in the first days of [his] injury.
“Sometimes that’s hard for us to grasp in our finite minds is that a sovereign God is moved by the power of corporate prayer when God’s people come together and we pray," said Parker. "I go back to that scripture, men ought always to pray and never give up. And there’s power in that.”
The second factor, Sullivan seems to have as much of as he has: prayer. “It’s the will to fight,” Moss said.
“The will has a lot to do with how well somebody’s going to do, I think with just about anything, and I think brain injury is the same and even more important,” Moss said.
The family said they will continue to update as they get more information on his condition.