Zach Lawrence, an avowed Ohio State fan, suffered severe brain trauma after a car crash in the eastern European country of Georgia while traveling on business.
Despite wearing his seatbelt, doctors listed his condition as critical and bills quickly surpassed $150,000. His family turned to his extended Buckeye family, and it helped raise over $200,000 to bring him home.
Lawrence is back in the States, convalescing in Columbus under care of world class doctors. Though it will be a long journey back to his pre-crash condition, Lawrence has shown impeccable determination in his rehabilitation, as evidenced by this anecdote reported by Jessica Wehrman of Jessica Wehrman of The Columbus Dispatch:
While recuperating at Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Center at Ohio State University, the Dublin resident was given one button to push for “yes” and another to push for “no.”
“Do you like Michigan?” he was asked.
Lawrence immediately pushed the “no” button. And then — just to make sure everyone had heard him the first time — he pushed it again.
“He always makes a face when we mention Michigan,” said his wife, Meghan. “We’re pretty sure he’s in there.”
Doctors now consider Lawrence "semiconscious." His weekly progress is crucial, too, as continued insurance payments for his rehabilitation program are contingent upon it.
Every Ohio State fan is undoubtedly behind him as he continues to fight.