BATON ROUGE, La. (KLFY) The father of Deputy Nick Tullier who was critically wounded during an officer ambush shooting posted an update that his son has started to respond some.
James Tullier says the progress is “baby steps in a long road.”
“He’s not even been in the woods to be able to get our of them,” James Tullier reported.
“Everyday to us is a miracle. Do I fully believe this is a miracle? Most definitely yes. Will it continue? Most definitely yes. Is God in Control? Most definitely yes,” he added.
Several surgeries have been performed in an attempt to repair the damage caused by three bullets. Deputy Tullier was struck in the abdominal region, upper arm and in the head.
Since then, Tullier has been in the hospital as family, friends and supporters hope and pray for signs of improvement.
Regarding my updates, there were some subtle little hints in my writing that could have flagged some that something had changed. Starting with day 38 update, I had quit saying “no changes to report”. I didn’t want to lie, but at the same time wasn’t ready to make an announcement. I also started saying that a miracle “was” happening. When the changes started appearing, we discussed as a family about how and when to say something about it publically. For numerous reasons, we decided to keep it quiet for awhile. For one, we wanted to make sure that what we were seeing continued. We know all to well that people all over the world are watching and interested in the miracle that’s happening here.
James Tullier said President Obama’s physician called Tuesday to discuss rehab facilities and even asked about the movements.
“Those movements come into play with which rehab facility if best for Nick. That’s why he had to re-discuss facilities with other doctors he’s conversed with. I continue to thank President Obama and Vice-President Biden for their help and their physicians help in moving forward with making sure we are getting the best care for Nick. We owe that to our Son.”
The Tullier family is still discussing which clinic is best suited for Nick, but James said it is between one in Houston and another in Chicago.
In recent days, the family began noticing “Nick started moving when asked to do so.” James Tullier reported that the “first real significant time” was when Nick moved his feet one at a time depending on which one he was asked to move.
“It was slow, but very deliberate. He also moved just his toes up and down when asked to do so,” James Tullier posted. “Then he was asked to squeeze our hand, to which seemed harder to do for him. But he was able to do that and in the presence of a doctor. He also has blinked his right eye one time or two times due to requesting such. One doctor had spoken to Nick and asked if he understood to raise his thumb. That also did happen.”.