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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On Fridays we hear from StoryCorps, the project that brings friends and family together to record interviews with each other. And today, we'll hear from Wendy Tucker and her husband.

MARCO FERREIRA: My name is Marco Ferreira. I had a motorcycle accident, and I suffered a traumatic brain injury.

INSKEEP: That accident happened in 2008. And when Marco came out of a six-week coma, his wife, Wendy, was there.

WENDY TUCKER: You didn't walk, you didn't talk, and you couldn't feed yourself for seven months. Since then, it's just been getting better all the time. But you don't feel like you're getting better, right?

FERREIRA: To be honest, no. My mind, I feel, is so damaged; it's kind of made my life very hard to live, really. I tried to commit suicide because I thought that I'd lost so much of my life. Why be alive? Why? So I took a drug overdose, but you took me to the hospital.

TUCKER: Are you ever sorry that I saved your life?

FERREIRA: No, not at all. No, you did the right thing. You saved my life, and you're still saving it. Every day, you save it.

TUCKER: So before your accident, you were a little sarcastic.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

FERREIRA: Yeah.

TUCKER: You were always the guy that was known for the quick wit. Do you feel that now you're kinder, in some way, than you were before?

FERREIRA: Absolutely, I am. Absolutely.

TUCKER: I have to say that when we see our nieces, even though I know you've always loved them, you didn't have the openness to them before your accident.

FERREIRA: They bugged me before.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

FERREIRA: All kids bugged me before the accident, that's the weird thing. I wouldn't even invite people to our house because they had kids, for Christ's sake. I wouldn't do it. And now I love my nieces. I love those girls. This is my second chance to be good and kind.

TUCKER: I love you very much.

FERREIRA: Thank you very much for all your love.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Marco Ferreira with his wife, Wendy Tucker, at StoryCorps in San Francisco. Their conversation will be archived with all the others, at the Library of Congress. And you can hear more conversations from StoryCorps at npr.org.

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