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Joplin Man Making "Miraculous Recovery"

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    Therapists at Mercy Hospital in Joplin say they're "amazed" at the progress Joshua James has made.
    James, suffered a traumatic injury in 2015 which left him unable to take care of himself.
James: "You fell down (I fell down, yea) and hit your head (head, yea) and had a traumatic brain injury."
Jody James helps her son explain what happened to him.
Joshua has a history of seizures, but they're under control.
James: "Because he'd had a history of seizures, it wasn't the first time a friend had called us on the phone and said Joshua's had a seizure."
but this time was different...
James: "He was in the hospital 54 days, and I'm sure most of that he doesn't remember."
Joshua fell during this seizure and suffered severe head trauma from a fall.
That was September of 2015...
He was on a slow road to recovery, but then, at a hospital in Saint Louis --
James: "Up there he had two major setbacks, had to go back to the ICU twice, literally nearly died twice."
After the setbacks, the James family returned home and Joshua began a new path with the Mercy therapy team.
James: "they change lives."
The therapy team working with Joshua includes speech, occupational, and physical therapy. 
Keeping him active -- and moving forward.
Kropf: "Our first objective was try to get some basic, can he follow commands?"
And at first, it was a challenge.
Kropf: "He went a full year with really no significant change, no interaction, no communication, no following commands." 
But then, Joshua caught on and took off from there.
Kropf: "We're starting walking, and he's starting to move his right arm more, so it's still like making steady progress."
Joshua still has a long road ahead of him, but his therapists have an inspiring prognosis...
Kropf: "i think it's unlimited, i wouldn't put any limitation on what he can or can't do."
As for his parents -- they have a lot to be thankful for.
James: "They've lived up to their name...Mercy...'you've given them a challenge, didn't you son? yea.'

Chris Warner
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A Joplin native, Chris first started in broadcasting at age 16 at KSNF-TV in 2004..

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