The young inventor of the iPhone app “A Note to God” has woken up from his coma after being seriously injured by a car last week.
Allen Wright, 18, opened his eyes on Monday and by Tuesday he was able to respond to questions and commands. He had suffered a seizure and fell into a coma after an apparent hit-and-run incident on March 13.
Wright’s friend, who was on the phone with him when the accident occurred, heard only the sounds of traffic but no word from the Sacramento teenager. A few minutes later, Wright’s cousin who was meeting him halfway saw him lying unconscious on the street.
When Wright was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael, Calif., doctors found a bruised lung, broken collar bone and a bruised leg. While doctors only gave him a 30 to 40 percent chance of reviving, they were happy to report he was able to wake up after eight days.
The teen’s father recently reported that Wright has little motor control and shakes uncontrollably.
Wright’s 2009 app “Note to God” has been downloaded more than 9,000 times since news of its creator’s accident spread. The iPhone app allows users to send prayers and read prayers by other users.
Prior to his accident, Wright had shown interest in law enforcement and had signed up to join the Marine Corps after his high school graduation. Doctors say that his plans will have to wait for now because he needs to focus on healing.
Dr. Kavian Shahi told The Sacramento Bee that, "as the healing continues, he will slowly gain more function of his extremities.”
"Slowly, hopefully, he will be able to move his arms and legs under his own control."
Sgt. Lee Herrington of Citrus Heights said police are looking for security camera videos from nearby businesses hoping to catch the vehicle and identify the culprit in the hit-and-run.