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After two years in a coma, West Virginia woman wakes to name brother in attack

Medical staff said despite having brain damage from the attack, Wanda Palmer was able to speak and identify her brother as her assailant, according to the West Virginia Metro News.
/ Source: NBC News

A West Virginia woman awoke from a years-long coma after being brutally attacked and identified her brother as the assailant, according to local reports.

Wanda Palmer had been in a long term care facility in New Martinsville, West Virginia, after being beaten in her home in June of 2020, according to the West Virginia Metro News. When Palmer was discovered, Jackson County Sheriff Ross Mellenger said she was so savagely attacked, authorities thought she was dead, the paper reported.

Palmer’s care facility contacted authorities last week to let them know the woman had come out of her coma, the Metro News reported.

NBC News has contacted Jackson County Sheriff’s Department for comment.

Medical staff told authorities that, despite suffering brain damage from the assault, that Palmer was able to speak enough to identify her assailant, Metro News reported.

“The keys to the whole thing lay with the victim herself and with her unable to communicate we were left with nothing. Now low and behold two years later and boom, she’s awake and able to tell us exactly what happened,” Mellenger told Metro News.

“He didn’t give us any fight or anything. There was a little bit of surprise, but not entirely,” Mellenger told Metro News of the arrest.

Officials said they believed Daniel Palmer allegedly attacked his sister with a machete or a hatchet.

He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and malicious wounding.

It was not immediately clear if Daniel Palmer had retained an attorney.