NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Run down by a drunk driver, a Long Island police officer was given just a 10 percent chance of survival. But four years later, he’s winning the fight. The husband and father is beating the odds, making steady progress thanks to his son and new technology.
TV 10-55’s Carolyn Gusoff recently spent time with Kenneth Baribault, who is on a quest to recover. His sister also appeared on WLNY’s The Couch to talk about her brother’s condition.
His steps are slow, but there was a time no one thought Kenneth Baribault would ever walk again or speak.
His words also come slowly, but he can now string a few together with the help of an iPad and his 10-year-old son.
“I was wondering if he would ever get better and I guess the dream came true because he is much better now,” Christopher Baribault said.
Recovery has been slow but steady since May 2008. Kenneth Baribault, a Nassau cop, was patrolling the Long Island Expressway when he pulled over one unlicensed drunk driver and was hit by another.
“Initially, they told us to make arrangements funeral wise,” said Danielle Rella, the officer’s sister.
Rella appeared on The Couch to talk about her brother’s brave journey and his incredible comeback. Check out her interview below.