Nebraska veteran comes out of coma in time for Christmas

OMAHA, Neb. — A Purple Heart veteran from Nebraska who suffered his second traumatic brain injury is making a miraculous recovery.

Christmas Eve marked three months since Tony Belt fell 18 feet in a work accident, KETV reported.

“The doctors told me he probably wasn’t going to make it to the weekend,” said Kyli Belt, Tony’s wife.

He survived that weekend, but doctors still said he would never wake up.

Tony is a fighter. He spent eight years in the Army, deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2006, he was shot in the head, an incident that ended his military career and sent him home with a Purple Heart.

“Last week, he started moving his left side, opening his eyes,” said Kyli last week as Christmas approached.

He has only been able to communicate by giving a thumbs up or down.

Now, therapists at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital have put the soldier to work. His three sons, ages 4, 3 and 7 months, all pitch in too.

“They talk to him and play with him. The baby even lays in bed with him,” said Kyli.