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Gary Dockery

Gary Dockery

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Dr. John Caronna, a professor of clinical neurology, tells Noah that the story of Gary Dockery's waking up from a 7-year coma is not entirely accurate. Medically, Dockery has maintained consciousness, but severe brain damage from a gunshot wound limited his response to stimuli. Caronna says something energized him, increasing his ability to communicate. But it's unclear if he will continue to improve or not.