Family says Nick Tullier responding to doctor's commands
BATON ROUGE - In what may be the largest proof of a miracle yet, family members of injured sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier reported he is responding to some verbal commands.
The news comes just a few days after Tullier's father, James, discussed his son's condition in an exclusive interview with WBRZ anchor Michael Shingleton. James Tullier asked for continued prayers, commenting he was confident prayers were working.
"Every day, to us, has been a miracle," he said, explaining doctors weren't optimistic about his son's survival, though, at the end of August, he still clings to life. "He wasn't suppose to live longer than a day. Then he wasn't suppose to live longer than two days. Then five days. Then it became a 21 day forecast."
Tuesday, James Tullier told Shingleton, Nick Tullier responded to doctor's request to move his toes and thumb.
"Nick is cognitively responding to verbal commands," James Tullier said Tuesday. Tullier said a doctor asked his son to give a thumbs up, and "he did."
Nick Tullier was shot in an ambush that left three other law enforcement officers dead in July. Tullier was one of a number of officers who were shot and injured. He is the only surviving officer left in the hospital.
In the exclusive interview with WBRZ last week, the Tullier family discussed being in the hospital with their son as the area flooded. It is rare for them to leave the hospital, so they were oblivious to the rising water. Their home in Livingston Parish flooded.
Michael Shingleton asked, "You didn't know it was raining?"
"No," James Tullier answered."
"Not a clue?"
It is believed the Tulliers' neighborhood took 92 inches of flood water.
The family said they are not worried about gutting their home, and ask that people continue to pray for their son.
The family expects to update more about the latest condition of Nick Tullier on the Facebook page Nick Tullier Strong later Tuesday.
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