Ohio State fan in coma still expresses his hate for Michigan

Even a coma doesn’t stop an Ohio State fan from hating Michigan.

Zach Lawrence was in a coma after he was involved in a car accident in the Republic of Georgia, according to the Columbus Dispatch. When he was taken back to the United States for treatment at Dodd Hall Rehab center at Ohio State, he responded to a test in a way that only a Buckeyes fan would.

As part of his rehab, Lawrence was given a button to push for “yes” and one to press for “no” when he was asked questions. One of the questions asked to the fan was if he likes Michigan and he did not hesitate in answering.

Lawrence immediately pressed the “no” button” and then pushed it a second time to make sure everyone around could hear his answer.

His wife, Meghan Lawrence, said there’s no love lost between her husband and the Wolverines. Whenever Michigan has been brought up in his rehab, Lawrence reacts.

“He always makes a face when we mention Michigan,” Meghan said. “We’re pretty sure he’s in there.”

The rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan fans runs deep into both fan bases.

The rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan fans runs deep into both fan bases.

(Tony Ding/AP)

Lawrence’s family was originally told the chances of him waking up were “pretty slim, pretty much nonexistent,” but he’s made progress since he was brought into Dodd Hall in April, the Dispatch reports.

The 38-year-old fan is now considered semiconscious and is able to open his eyes, smile at his two kids, make sounds and give thumbs up.

Lawrence was in Europe on a business trip in March when the car he was traveling in veered into a 50-foot ravine, flipped repeatedly and struck a tree. Two of the five people in the car were killed, while Lawrence was left with broken bones and brain injuries.

“We’re basically dealing with the healing brain,” Meghan said. “He has a long way to go, and he’s already come such a long way.”

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