gives her husband Mark Buchweitz a kiss on the nose while the couple spent some time in the courtyard at the Health South-Sea Pine Rehabilitation Hospital
...Brenda began a vigil at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach that kept her by Mark's side from the time of his accident until he was moved to Health South-Sea Pine Rehabilitation Center on December 2.
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For more than three months, Brenda Buchweitz
has stayed at her
husband's hospital bedside hoping that once again his
eyes would engage hers, that his
lips would speak her
A car accident left him in a deep coma, separating the two who had joined in a later-in-life marriage: the third for him, the second for her
This one took after a no-frills marriage in St. Augustine.It boiled down to a simplicity: "We mesh," she
recalled him saying, as she
sat beside her unresponsive husband last year.
They used to laugh about the time their pet macaw bird told a robber to "come on in" to their home in Valkaria in southern Brevard County.
Then came Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Carlin Parker running down a hallway the afternoon of Sept. 27 as Mrs. Buchweitz
worked after hours as an algebra teacher at Sebastian River High School
thought something had gone wrong at the school.
The wrong happened two counties south on Interstate 95, near Stuart. Buchweitz
was driving home from West Palm Beach where he
attended a training class he
had to take to continue doing one of his
favorite things: volunteering as an auxiliary patrolman.He
did that 40 to 80 hours a month in addition to running a property management company he
co-owns in southern Brevard County.
But even a trained officer probably couldn't comprehend what happened next on the interstate, an FHP official said.
Buchweitz's new Supersport Camaro was among hundreds of cars streaming north, on three lanes, when a Miami motorist pulled out of a north- bound rest stop, according to patrol accident reports.
Instead of going north, the 51-year-old motorist turned her
south into the oncoming traffic and rammed into the auxiliary officer's $20,000 car, causing it to roll over nine times and breaking one of the 41-year-old man's ribs, injuring his
lung and shaking his
brain, rattling it against the skull, plunging him into a deep coma.
watched, the therapist asked Mark what is the name of his
lips said "Brenda
Emotions overwhelmed her
.Tears flooded her
All that happened before, the opening eyelids, eye movements and hand clasping hadn't acknowledged her
The lips did.