Family promise gave life to man in 31-year coma

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A Familys Promise
In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 photo, Paul Cortez, father of Mikey Cortez, pauses for a moment during an interview with The Associated Press while sitting next to memorial boards for his son, in Murietta, Calif. As his 7-year-old son Mikey lay in a hospital bed on life support, the victim of a drunk driver who had smashed into the car he was riding in, Paul Cortez took the boy's hand and made a solemn promise to God: If his son survived, no matter in what condition, he and his family would always be there for him. Although he would never emerge from the persistent vegetative state his father had found him in that night, Mikey’s family was not only there for him but also gave him a full life. A life, as it turned out, not all that different from anybody else’s, with cross-country family vacations and visits to Disneyland. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)