CLEARWATER, Fl., February 11, 2005 ( – Sarah Scantlin was knocked into a coma by a drunk driver 20 years ago has begun to speak and remember her past. Her brain was injured so badly that doctors first feared she would spend her life in what is called a “vegetative state”, spending years unable to form words or make any sounds other than loud cries.

A week ago Sarah began speaking and doctors have no explanation. The parents, brother and sister of Terri Schindler Schiavo, hope the Florida courts will see this miracle and think of Terri. Video tape shown today on CNN Headline News of Sarah with her mother is extremely similar to footage of Terri and her mother. Both daughters were unable to communicate in words. Both were labeled as severely brain damaged. Bob Schindler, father of Terri Schindler Schiavo says, “In light of the miraculous awakening of Miss Sarah Scantlin in Kansas and the success of the new brainwave test reported in the New York Times this week, my daughter deserves to have this test before she is starved to death by judicial decree.” Terri Schindler Schiavo’s parents will be traveling to Hutchinson, Kansas to meet Sarah and her family. See the Associated Press coverage: jhw