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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..

Chris joined the KOAM team in 2017 as an Associate Producer. In April, he moved into a full-time reporter position. He spent time from 2008 to 2016 in various retail roles around the region before returning to his passion at KOAM. Chris is excited to continue telling the stories of the four states. Chris and his wife Amber live in Joplin and have three amazing children.

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