A North Carolina preacher wrongfully declared dead in August is showing positive signs of “responsiveness and awareness.”
Ryan Marlow, 37, was in a deep coma after suddenly falling ill about two months ago and suffering irreversible swelling in his brain, according to updates given on the Facebook page “Ryan’s Recovery,” posted by his wife Megan Marlow.
The North Wilkesboro father of three was pronounced dead weeks later, and doctors didn’t realize their mistake until his feet moved as they prepared to harvest his organs for donation, his wife told followers.
“Long story short, he’s not brain dead, my friends,” Marlow said in an Aug. 31 video message. “God’s kept him here. He’s supposed to be dead, he’s supposed to be at the funeral home right now according to these doctors.”
Over the past week, the Baptist church pastor’s condition had dramatically improved, Marlow wrote early Saturday.
“Ryan is showing more responsiveness and awareness everyday! We can see him trying to participate in therapy,” she wrote while asking for prayers.
On Monday, Marlow had shared another encouraging update, explaining that her husband could squeeze her hand and respond to questions.
“Ryan has had a great few days. It was a pretty quiet weekend. He seems to show a little more responsiveness every day. Today he shook his head yes and no multiple times and squeezes my hand just about every time I ask,” she wrote, explaining that he also got a manicure, pedicure and facial in addition to his physical therapy.
Marlow was being treated at a long-term acute care hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee, his wife said.
“It’s really neat to be able to watch the process. A lot of joy in being able to see him do that and see where the Lord has taken him, you know, from having a death certificate to he’s looking at me right now with one eye open tracking me when I move. It’s just amazing,” Marlow said.