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Fairfax, Va.

Sakac brought his son Tony, 31, from Fairfax, Va., to show that doctors can get it wrong. They told him Tony was in a vegetative state 15 years ago, after Lyme disease, encephalitis and seizures decimated Tony's brain. Tony takes steps, but Sakac sometimes has to hold him up for 30 minutes before Tony's brain gets through to his legs, Sakac said. Tony forms the word "up" with his mouth without verbalizing it. Schiavo "is not brain dead," Sakac said. "You can see it on the videos."

[Times photo: Dirk Shadd]

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