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'Miracle man' credits favorite song for medical rebound

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Rusty Summit's fiancée, Laura Walker, played a song that awakened him from a coma. (KTEN) Rusty Summit's fiancée, Laura Walker, played a song that awakened him from a coma. (KTEN)
Rusty Walker was in a coma for more than 50 days. (Courtesy) Rusty Walker was in a coma for more than 50 days. (Courtesy)

DURANT, Okla. -- His name is Rusty Summit. But lots of people are now calling him the "miracle man."

"I was in a coma and I couldn't wake up," he said.

Summit, 60, was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, leaving him hospitalized for more than 50 days. He was in a coma for nine days, his health quickly deteriorating, when his family was told they needed to start saying goodbye.

"He ended up on the life support, because his lungs failed, his kidneys failed," said Laura Walker, Summit's fiancée. "At one point in time we were...  the surgeons were contemplating keeping him on life support and letting the family decide what we're going to do."

But then, a miracle happened.

"The doctors couldn't get me awake," Summit recalled. "They told Laura, she took our favorite song -- which is Perfect by Ed Sheeran -- and she put it in my ear, and played it, and I woke up!"

Summit received a liver transplant 12 hours later and survived his medical ordeal. Walker has been with him through it all.

"Him laying in that bed was... I was his lifeline, and he was my lifeline," she said.

Now, miracle man Rusty Summit says he feels better than ever; he's back to work and able to live a happy life alongside the woman who cares for him unconditionally.

"I've got my energy back, I've got my drive back, I'm living life to the fullest, and I'm blessed," he said.

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