Fight for life-Matt's TBI recovery

$95,100 of $104k goal

Raised by 2,191 people in 17 months
Danielle Josey Davis   SAVANNAH, GA

In July of 2011, my husband Matt Davis, was in a motorcycle accident that left him with several broken bones and a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. He was 22 and we'd only been married for 7 months. Doctors suggested we remove him from life support and let him go, he would never wake up. I wanted to give him more time to see if he improved. We didn't really have a chance to start our life together, I wasn't going to give up.


Matt remained in a coma for 3 months.

During that time he showed little progress and was discharged from the hospital to our home where my mom and I cared for him 24/7. Feeding tube, adult "briefs", sponge baths, over 20 medications, physical therapy, turning him every 2 hrs to prevent bed sores, etc. 


We noticed he was trying to talk, more like whisper and one day I put his hat in his hand, told him to put it on his head. After telling him multiple times he gasps out, "I'm trying!" It was the greatest thing I've ever heard!


It didn't take him long after that. We fought to get him back in rehab and there he worked with Physical, Speech, and Occupational therapists learning the basics.  He spent 3 months in rehab and upon his release he could: talk, sing, laugh, make jokes, eat and drink on his own, use the bathroom with minimal assistance, wheel his wheelchair, walk with assistance with a walker. He still struggles with memory from before the accident. Our relationship, our wedding day, all of that is gone but his new short term memory is outstanding!


It's been 3 1/2 years since Matt's accident and he continues to improve! He is not on any medications, he walks with forearm crutches for minimal distance and supervision. Insurance will no longer pay for therapy. People with Traumatic Brain Injury need a lot of rehab, people continue to make improvements even 10 years after their injury. Insurance doesn't pay for the amount of therapy they need so often times that person doesn't reach their full potential. 

We need your help for Matt to reach his full potential, to help him get his life back.


Recently, he started showing drastic improvements in walking. He can walk next to me, holding my hand some days. Some days it's hard. His body needs conditioning and repeation that I can't give him while I'm at work and since it's just us, I have to work and he sits at home alone, doing the best he can but he is alone. 


We would like to pay a personal trainer/exercise specialist to work with Matt a couple of hours a day, 5 days a week for 5 years. This is expensive.

We are asking for donations to cover this cost. With your donations Matt will have the chance to reach his full potential.

One year of intense training will change Matt's life. 
He will work on strength, stretching, balance, and walking! He will walk a lot! The more he does it and the longer he's up, the faster and easier it will happen. 


One conversation with Matt will change your life. He has a servant's heart and a love for people. He never complains or feels anger about his circumstance. He has an uncanny ability to turn strangers into family with a smile. 


He just wants to make a difference and give hope.

We would love the opportunity for a full life together!  


Visit Matt's Facebook page to see his progress!
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Update 22
2 months ago
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It's almost the 5 year anniversary of Matt's accident.
July 11th will be 5 years since our world changed.

Matt still uses crutches to get around and must be closely monitored. When he's home alone he uses his wheelchair, for safety and convenience.

He still struggles with his memory, his voice, and his problem solving.

This year has been a mixture of overwhelming joy and a constant reminder that some things will remain the same. There are some things Matt may never be able to have in life.

He is an incredible human and brings so much joy to everyone that knows him. We get comments on our facebook page about how his life is not meaningful or I should've pulled the plug. It breaks my heart that most people will never get to know what Matt has to offer this world.

If you would like to follow our daily updates on facebook you can check us out at www.facebook.com/mattdavisrecovery

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement! We can't do this without you!
Matt's first workout!
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Update 21
6 months ago
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We celebrated 1 MONTH WHEELCHAIR FREE over the weekend!!

I can't believe we're here!

Thank you for your support and your donations! We still have a long way to go in Matt's recovery. Training 5 days a week improved his physical, emotional, and mental abilities! His whole life is changing.

Thank you for helping us get Matt back!
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Update 20
6 months ago
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Today is 21 days without using his wheelchair!!

Matt has been working harder than ever to #DitchtheChair!

We have a basket in our van with pillows and blankets so he can rest in between therapies. Walking everywhere is exhausting for him and myself. He is not 100% stable on with the crutches so he has lost some independence. I have to walk everywhere with him, the bathroom, the car, everywhere.

The only time he uses his chair is if he is home alone for safety, getting in the shower for independence, or if he needs it in the middle of the night.

Thank you for helping us get our life back!!!
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Update 19
7 months ago
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Check out Matt walking BY HIMSELF!!

Today marks 2 weeks without using his wheelchair and Matt is making incredible progress!

Thanks to all of your donations we are able to be a part of an amazing community and incredibly talented group of coaches/trainers putting their all into Matt's recovery.

Your donations are changing our lives...
Just look at what has happened in just 8 months.

I can't even imagine how far Matt will progress and what our life will look like in 8 more months...I never even imagined this.

Thank you for investing in us.
Thank you for loving and supporting us.

We are eternally grateful!
Matt walking by himself!!!
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Bethany Garrett
12 months ago

Hey, my name is Bethany and im about to graduate with a degree in exercise science from kennesaw state in Georgia. Im sure youre looking for the best personal trainer available, but if there is anything i can do to help, i will.. at no charge! Im so sorry and i would love to help of yall ever need it

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Toni Thomas
15 months ago

I've never read such inspiring posts as yours. In the darkest of hours...you both seem to see the light. It reminds me that...through Christ, all things are possible. You both are a true inspiration to everyone. Your story has touched the lives of strangers. Please know that you have many friends, family and complete strangers cheering you on.

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Christie Smith
15 months ago

Hi, just read about your incredible journey, brings tears to my eyes. My son had a motorcycle accident this past August, he was found lying along side of the road by a stranger, he was life flighted to an area hospital. TBI, kidney failure, perforated bowel,left side paralysis.broken jaw. His significant other wanted to end his life, I said no! I will fight for every day God will give me with my son. We are eight months into this journey, he is here with me at home, I care for him. He is a miracle, he is learning to walk as well. I give God all the credit for his healing. People tell me everyday what an inspiration he is to them, maybe that was God's plan. We are in the process of going to court to see his two babies. I applaud you! So courageous! Matt is lucky to have you.

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Kelly Flaherty
15 months ago
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You are so lucky that his personality has remained intact. My husband sustained a Mild TBI from an auto accident in 2012 and he is no longer the same man that he was. His injuries were not at all severe compared to Matt and at times he hardly seems to want to get better. I pray that you have the continued strength in mind body and soul as you continue your journey of recovery. Please know that most people making comments have no idea what it means to live with a person with TBI. I understand, but at this time am unable to contribute. My husband hasn't worked since his accident and we are in a continuous struggle with our insurance company over benefits to be paid. Keep up the good work ... both of you!!!

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Jackie Albright
12 months ago
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I instantly cried when I saw the video, my boyfriend at the time was in a life threatening motorcycle accident too 3 years ago. Now he's fully recovered, walking again, riding, everything. We are now married. My heart broke for you two. Although he was never in a comma, I never gave up on him either. Just wanted to reach out and send my love to ya'll. Stay strong and courageous young loves.

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Faze Dreya
14 months ago
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Hello my name is andreya I'm also doing a fundraiser for my friend who's been working the same job for over 15 years and had to stop working g due to all the surgeries and Dr appointments from being diagnosed with pure red cell aplasia and chronic anemia (inwich are the same symptoms as leukemia bone cancer ) its been so hard for us with all the procedures and surgeries that I've make a gofundme page for her because she will be getting a bone marrow transplant very soon and need help fundraising for her Dr expences and to her bone marrow transplant ...we will have to stay in the hospital minimum 2-4 months after the surgery ...I'm asking that you help spread the word and fundme page for her inwich I will do the same for you ....

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Heather Jones
15 months ago
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God bless u both

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Mary-Kay Perris
15 months ago
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There is an book that may interest you called "The Brain that Heals Itself" - discusses the building of new neural pathways to do things that the old ones don't do anymore. It has some amazing info in it.

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Doris Livezey
15 months ago
1
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Have you considered the activities at your local Y? Ours has people who do water therapy and also at the gym room. Every little bit of activity helps. My donation is small but comes with prayers for continued success.

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Holly Jones
15 months ago
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Heidi Rochester
15 months ago
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Thoughts n prayers with u and your families. You can do it Matt!!!!!

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Nicholas Knudsen
15 months ago
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I also have a bogus remedy to offer, "best wishes and good luck". Except mine is free, and environmentally friendly.

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Noelline Verus Sequeira
20 days ago

This is truly inspiring, I'm so touched. God bless you both and your family.

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Nalani Kupau Briggs
1 month ago

I came across your story for the first time, tonight, and I was in such awe to read of your miraculous and compelling journey, following Matt's accident . Danielle, you are such a beautiful and loving person, for refusing to give up on your husband!! May God continue to watch over and bless you both, individually and as a couple, for the rest of your lives and may the day come soon that together, you will be able to enjoy life to the fullest :)

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سالم سالم
3 months ago
Katy Auer
3 months ago

A beautiful and inspiring story. What incredible faith to hold on so young and so newly married and overcome such obstacles. Please write a book someday about this, these stories need to reach a world that needs such faith and hope to bring it back to life! Best of luck and prayers :)

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Stephani Borchert
6 months ago

You are inspiring! !! Keep it up! You have got this!!!!

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Pat Davis
9 months ago

Matt, Danielle, Donna and Sarah: I cannot thank you enough for coming to visitation last Friday night. I was overwhelmed that you all made the effort especially after I heard about your walk in the park and know you had to prepare for that too. You guys bless me so much just knowing you and seeing how God is working through you. I love you all and will never forget your kindness!

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Brandon Rutledge
9 months ago

Hi, im sorry I can't donate any money to you but I feel your pain I also have a TBI I was in a car wreck February 2008 I stayed in a coma for 2 months it's been a long & hard journey but through God I currently live by myself now away from family

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Jon Henderson
10 months ago

Being that I too have suffered a TBI, I applaud you both. Matt for not giving up and Danielle for not giving up on him. Unfortunately in many instances like this many people walk away or turn a blind eye to the victim (so I've learned) don't understand why they've changed. We don't change by choice, it's what we're faced with....how we and those around us deal with it defines everyone involved. God bless you both and keep up the good work.

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$95,100 of $104k goal

Raised by 2,191 people in 17 months
Created February 28, 2015
Danielle Josey Davis  
  Medical   SAVANNAH, GA
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Jean in Arizona
6 days ago

I believe in you and your strength to fight on.

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Saurabh Gupta
9 days ago

You go Matt! so heartwarming and inspiring.

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Bethany Garrett
12 months ago

Hey, my name is Bethany and im about to graduate with a degree in exercise science from kennesaw state in Georgia. Im sure youre looking for the best personal trainer available, but if there is anything i can do to help, i will.. at no charge! Im so sorry and i would love to help of yall ever need it

+ Read More
Toni Thomas
15 months ago

I've never read such inspiring posts as yours. In the darkest of hours...you both seem to see the light. It reminds me that...through Christ, all things are possible. You both are a true inspiration to everyone. Your story has touched the lives of strangers. Please know that you have many friends, family and complete strangers cheering you on.

+ Read More
Christie Smith
15 months ago

Hi, just read about your incredible journey, brings tears to my eyes. My son had a motorcycle accident this past August, he was found lying along side of the road by a stranger, he was life flighted to an area hospital. TBI, kidney failure, perforated bowel,left side paralysis.broken jaw. His significant other wanted to end his life, I said no! I will fight for every day God will give me with my son. We are eight months into this journey, he is here with me at home, I care for him. He is a miracle, he is learning to walk as well. I give God all the credit for his healing. People tell me everyday what an inspiration he is to them, maybe that was God's plan. We are in the process of going to court to see his two babies. I applaud you! So courageous! Matt is lucky to have you.

+ Read More
Kelly Flaherty
15 months ago
4
4

You are so lucky that his personality has remained intact. My husband sustained a Mild TBI from an auto accident in 2012 and he is no longer the same man that he was. His injuries were not at all severe compared to Matt and at times he hardly seems to want to get better. I pray that you have the continued strength in mind body and soul as you continue your journey of recovery. Please know that most people making comments have no idea what it means to live with a person with TBI. I understand, but at this time am unable to contribute. My husband hasn't worked since his accident and we are in a continuous struggle with our insurance company over benefits to be paid. Keep up the good work ... both of you!!!

+ Read More
Jackie Albright
12 months ago
3
3

I instantly cried when I saw the video, my boyfriend at the time was in a life threatening motorcycle accident too 3 years ago. Now he's fully recovered, walking again, riding, everything. We are now married. My heart broke for you two. Although he was never in a comma, I never gave up on him either. Just wanted to reach out and send my love to ya'll. Stay strong and courageous young loves.

+ Read More
Faze Dreya
14 months ago
2
2

Hello my name is andreya I'm also doing a fundraiser for my friend who's been working the same job for over 15 years and had to stop working g due to all the surgeries and Dr appointments from being diagnosed with pure red cell aplasia and chronic anemia (inwich are the same symptoms as leukemia bone cancer ) its been so hard for us with all the procedures and surgeries that I've make a gofundme page for her because she will be getting a bone marrow transplant very soon and need help fundraising for her Dr expences and to her bone marrow transplant ...we will have to stay in the hospital minimum 2-4 months after the surgery ...I'm asking that you help spread the word and fundme page for her inwich I will do the same for you ....

+ Read More
Heather Jones
15 months ago
1
1

God bless u both

+ Read More
Mary-Kay Perris
15 months ago
1
1

There is an book that may interest you called "The Brain that Heals Itself" - discusses the building of new neural pathways to do things that the old ones don't do anymore. It has some amazing info in it.

+ Read More
Doris Livezey
15 months ago
1
1

Have you considered the activities at your local Y? Ours has people who do water therapy and also at the gym room. Every little bit of activity helps. My donation is small but comes with prayers for continued success.

+ Read More
Holly Jones
15 months ago
1
1
Heidi Rochester
15 months ago
1
1

Thoughts n prayers with u and your families. You can do it Matt!!!!!

+ Read More
Nicholas Knudsen
15 months ago
1
1

I also have a bogus remedy to offer, "best wishes and good luck". Except mine is free, and environmentally friendly.

+ Read More
Noelline Verus Sequeira
20 days ago

This is truly inspiring, I'm so touched. God bless you both and your family.

+ Read More
Nalani Kupau Briggs
1 month ago

I came across your story for the first time, tonight, and I was in such awe to read of your miraculous and compelling journey, following Matt's accident . Danielle, you are such a beautiful and loving person, for refusing to give up on your husband!! May God continue to watch over and bless you both, individually and as a couple, for the rest of your lives and may the day come soon that together, you will be able to enjoy life to the fullest :)

+ Read More
سالم سالم
3 months ago
Katy Auer
3 months ago

A beautiful and inspiring story. What incredible faith to hold on so young and so newly married and overcome such obstacles. Please write a book someday about this, these stories need to reach a world that needs such faith and hope to bring it back to life! Best of luck and prayers :)

+ Read More
Stephani Borchert
6 months ago

You are inspiring! !! Keep it up! You have got this!!!!

+ Read More
Pat Davis
9 months ago

Matt, Danielle, Donna and Sarah: I cannot thank you enough for coming to visitation last Friday night. I was overwhelmed that you all made the effort especially after I heard about your walk in the park and know you had to prepare for that too. You guys bless me so much just knowing you and seeing how God is working through you. I love you all and will never forget your kindness!

+ Read More
Brandon Rutledge
9 months ago

Hi, im sorry I can't donate any money to you but I feel your pain I also have a TBI I was in a car wreck February 2008 I stayed in a coma for 2 months it's been a long & hard journey but through God I currently live by myself now away from family

+ Read More
Jon Henderson
10 months ago

Being that I too have suffered a TBI, I applaud you both. Matt for not giving up and Danielle for not giving up on him. Unfortunately in many instances like this many people walk away or turn a blind eye to the victim (so I've learned) don't understand why they've changed. We don't change by choice, it's what we're faced with....how we and those around us deal with it defines everyone involved. God bless you both and keep up the good work.

+ Read More
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