Funeral set for man in coma for 21years
Last updated on 7 Aug 2012 14:25
Funeral arrangements are set for the Memphis man who spent the last 21 years in a vegetative state.
Bert Brunson died last week at a rehabilitation center.
The case shocked the Mid-South, and resulted in a law that now prevents law officers from hog tying suspects.
When Bert Brunson first went into the hospital he was 22 years old. Just a few days ago, he died at the age of 43.
Just days before her son's Bert's funeral, his mom Patricia showed us his baby pictures and talked about the pain she is feeling.
"And what happened to me with my child I would not wish on my worst enemy," said Brunson-Ware.
It was the summer of 1991. Bert Brunson had graduated from college and was working at the airport when sheriff's deputies pulled his car over under the suspicion of driving under the influence.
"My son was Memphis' Rodney King, situation happened the same year," Brunson-Ware stated.
But Brunson-Ware says her son's situation turned out a lot worse than Rodney King's. Her son ended up in a vegetative state after being hog-tied by deputies.
"He suffered anoxic brain damage because he was hog-tied and placed in the back of the squad car face down, it was like he was crucified," Brunson-Ware said.