When you’re in a dark situation, small pin pricks of light mean a lot. Despite being in an induced coma, we’ve been talking to Ben regularly, telling him various things – the date, where he is, family information and news etc. But this afternoon, he opened his eyes – although quite glazed over – and looked towards us and then, when I said Dabi was there, slowly across to her. To see his eyes after a week was heartening. Later, he then moved his hand towards Catherine’s in response to her speaking to him. We’re aware from the nurses that these and certain other actions can be involuntary or reflex, but it gave us a longed-for moment of fresh hope and encouragement after a long week. He’s running a slight temperature but it seems to be under control and is sedated again because, as before, he became slightly distressed by his tubes. The neuro team are still apparently a long way off a diagnosis and any subsequent treatment; they’re awaiting the results of genetic and other tests from samples from Oxford and other parts of the UK.
We pray on.