Coeur d’Alene teen speaks a year and a half after brain injury



Posted on February 20, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 23 at 9:10 AM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- A Coeur d’Alene teenager who suffered a severe brain injury almost a year and a half ago is defying the odds.

Doctors told Darby Lopp’s family she would never be able to move or speak again after falling from a moving car.

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Over a year ago, Lopp’s family decided to take her off life support. Darby had been in and out of a coma for close to a year.

She has made a miraculous comeback ever since.

“She pushed through. She’s a strong kid,” said Christina Sheridan, Darby’s nurse.
Lopp was also told she would never be able to speak again.

“I’m just happy that I’m alive again,” said Darby, “I’m just a fighter.”

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Darby’s dad, Mark, and her nurse Christina Sheridan have been by her side this whole time. They will never forget the first time they heard Darby speak again.

“She really is saying it. It was so amazing,” said Sheridan, “And to hear her now, she has perfect pronunciation.”

“I’ve been told by bunches of people that I’m reason that they believe in God,” said Darby.

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Darby’s dad said his daughter’s accident has tested his faith. After talking to Darby everyday with no response, he now feels truly blessed.

“All I wanted was to hear her say ‘I love you’ again. And now I get that every day,” said Mark Lopp.

Darby still has a long road ahead of her. She undergoes therapy every day. The family is looking for help purchasing a wheel-chair accessible van so they can take Darby on trips.