James Buchanan III, right, kisses his mom, Shelia Reynolds, while taking a boat ride with David Herring and his mother, Theresa, on the boat owned by Glenn Cofield, left, during a day on Lake Tobesofkee on Friday for patients of the Shepherd Center, an Atlanta rehabilitation hospital for people with spinal and brain injuries.
Buchanan suffered a major brain injury in a motocross accident in 2007.
"When he came home he was in a coma," Reynolds said, "They told me he would be a vegetable for the rest of his life."
Since then, she has driven Buchanan from Cochran to the nonprofit Shepherd Center two to three times a week for therapy, which isn't covered by insurance.
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The result is that instead of being in a vegetative state, James Buchanan now has some ability to walk and can talk, though not without difficulty.
When asked to whom the credit for James' improvement should go, Reynolds answered, "To God and the Shepherd Center."