The grinding car crash almost four years ago left one person dead and Scotts Valley artist Michael Cramer in a deep coma with serious brain injuries. "The doctors said he had only a 5% chance of recovery," recalls Cramer's mother Jody. But her son was a big Joni Mitchell fan--he'd collected all the singer's CDs and videos-- so Jody brought a boom box into the hospital room and played Mitchell's music constantly. "We had to have some way to reach him." she explains. After two months, Michael began to regain consciousness, a flickering eyelid here, a finger twitch there. Eventually, he was able to scribble a note--"I love Joni Mitchell"-- but it took 22 more months of hospitalization before enough of his aculties had returned to allow him to return home.
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