Posted Nov. 5, 2007 – Every time Merita Evans visits her son at the Augusta Burn Center in Georgia, she makes sure he hears her voice.
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Doctors have told Merita that Jermaine, who has been in a coma since Oct. 8, when a grease fire peeled away the skin from two-thirds of his body, can hear her even though he lay still with his eyes closed.
"They say the hearing is the last thing to go in situations like this, so I make sure I talk to him... at least I'm praying he can hear me," she told BET.com Wednesday.
Ms. Evans is also praying that she will find the financial support to enable Jermaine, 22, to continue to fight for his life. Within two weeks of being in the hospital, Jermaine’s $500,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield policy was maxed out. He was covered through his job at Invista, a South Carolina company that makes tire treads.
Evans says that Jermaine has another operation coming up that will cost up to $1 million.
"It hurts so bad," Evans said of watching her son on a respirator. "Only a mother can tell how it really feels, to lay there and see her baby."
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