Family of Nacogdoches man who died after he was in a coma-like state relying on faith

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches man died Monday following a brain trauma that happened almost three years ago. Ryan Davis was in a vehicle accident which left him minimally responsive.

The Davis family and Ryan's many caregivers were too heartbroken to talk Tuesday.

However, a lot can be learned about their thoughts from the Davis' Carepage, a social media outlet that kept Ryan's followers posted from the very beginning to the very end.

It was just Thursday that Ryan's supportive mother, Carolyn, posted, "Ryan was fine, and we even spent an hour or so  enjoying the cooler, but still sunny day."

Less than 24 hours later, Ryan made his last trip to the hospital with a dropping heart rate. It didn't end without a warrior's fight said one caregiver.

By Sunday the 24 year old was improving, allowing both parents to get much needed rest.

Still, Carolyn was compelled to defend the last 34 months of constant care she, her family, and caregivers have given Ryan.

She writes, "If you know someone who is asking how long we are going to keep this up, tell them as long as God wants us to. It is his decision not ours and certainly not anyone else's. I trust that God knows what he is doing."

Call it what you might, but the sermon that day at the Davises' church was ...

"How do we find God when miracles don't happen," said Dr. Bill Gandin, the pastor of Nacogdoches' First United Methodist Church.

It was between services that Gandin discovered Davis' post. He had to use her inspirational message in the late service.

"I just think it will be a powerful book," Gandin said. "And it would resonate not only with those who had loved ones going through this situation, but I think it will inspire all of us."

Gandin wondered if Carolyn's testimony was God's way of preparing her for Monday. The parents posted, "There is no easy way to say this, Ryan went home to be with Jesus today. His heart just stopped."

In their grief, they let their pastor deliver their message.

"How grateful the whole family is for the community response from the very beginning," Gandin said.

And to recognize Ryan's miracles in developing, faith, service and love.

"God isn't finished working through Ryan," Gandin said.

Visitation for Ryan will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Cason Monk Funeral Home in Nacogdoches. The funeral services will be at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Nacogdoches.

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