Every morning, John Brereton hugs his daughter, kisses her on the forehead and asks her if she knows where she is.
The Brereton family rejoiced when Lani awoke from the coma caused by a head-on collision on December 14, but soon discovered that she was suffering from post-traumatic amnesia – a state of confusion that follows traumatic brain injuries.
If you search for it, amazing blessings can even be found in torturous hardships.
Each day, as Lani wakes up confused about her surroundings, John patiently goes through the story of the accident. As a father, he notes that seeing her physical injuries is heartbreaking enough, but witnessing her frustration and confusion is the worst thing of all.
However, Lani’s short-term memory is slowly improving and her family is encouraged by the progress she has made.
“Personally, I believe that everyone’s prayers have made the difference,” John states.
Thousands of people around the world have rallied to show support for Lani and her family, by taking photographs of themselves making heart symbols with their hands – the same symbol that Lani uses to lift the spirits of those around her.
Bec Brereton, Lani’s sister, describes the well wishes from everyone as ‘overwhelming’.
“We get so many inbox messages, emails, texts and phone calls for Lani that we seriously need a secretary,” she says.
“The outpouring of love, community spirit, and show of faith and hope is so inspiring… If you search for it, amazing blessings can even be found in torturous hardships.”
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