Family promise gave life to man in 31-year coma

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A Familys Promise
This undated handout photo provided by Paul Cortez shows Mikey Cortez, center, sister Angelica and brother Tony. 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/Courtesy Cortez Family)