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Oak Creek, WI, shooting victim Punjab Singh shows small signs of recovery

"In this March 2012 photo provided by his family, Punjab Singh poses at a Sikh temple in Glen Rock, N.J. Singh was critically injured in a shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., in August 2012 that left six people dead. The 65-year-old Sikh priest had remained largely unresponsive at a Wisconsin care facility until January 2013 when he began showing signs of cognitive improvement." (AP Photo/Family photo)

“In this March 2012 photo provided by his family, Punjab Singh poses at a Sikh temple in Glen Rock, N.J. Singh was critically injured in a shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., in August 2012 that left six people dead. The 65-year-old Sikh priest had remained largely unresponsive at a Wisconsin care facility until January 2013 when he began showing signs of cognitive improvement.” (AP Photo/Family photo)

An article from the Associated Press describes the slow process of the recovery of Punjab Singh, one of the surviving victims of last August’s Oak Creek, Wisconsin, shooting attack by a white supremacist:

Every day they repeated the word “waheguru” (pronounced VAH’-hay-goo-roo) and watched for a response. For weeks there was nothing. Then on Jan. 9 he began to move his mouth, apparently trying several times to say the word. The next day he tried 30 times.

In coming days, his sons spoke the word more than 100 times. Each time he moved his mouth to match the rhythm of their syllables, in what his speech therapist said appeared to be attempted repetition. He couldn’t vocalize because of a tube in his throat, and couldn’t move his lips deftly enough to lip-synch, but it was clear to Raghuvinder and Jaspreet what their father was trying to say.

Punjab Singh’s prognosis is reported to be “grim”, but there have been signs of hope. Read more at the Associated Press.

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