Few days after the last reconstructive surgery on March 10th, Forrest’s voice began to take on new clarity and strength.
Forrest is the first civilian patient to undergo this series of reconstructive surgeries for catastrophic cranial injuries. Forrrest’s surgeon, Dr Kumar, told him, “I am thrilled with your progress and the potential for your future.” Forrest offered his hand to Dr. Kumar and told him gravely, ‘thank you Sir for your good work”. Smiling Dr Kumar replied, “I couldn’t have done it alone. You’re a fighter, Forrest. We did this together. Your family believed that anything was possible, and those two things made all the difference.”
The cranial deficit Forrest has lived with since the accident, and all the failed attempts to repair his injuries, is really staggering. Without all of the love, prayers and faith of his friends and family, without the hope and joy that Tom and music therapy brought Forrest and his family, they may not have been able to survive to experience the miracle of cranial reconstructive surgery.
There will be more tests CT scans, MRIs and 6 to 9 months before we will know if all of the bone grafts will take and heal. There will likely be more surgeries in his future, but hopefully we have seen the last of the major life threatening operations.
Forrest and Tom are already writing new songs and planning new productions and a fulfilling future for Forrest….spreading love, hope, and joy through the healing power of music.