Fulfilling a promise to a man in a vegetative state for 31 years gave him a life and a purpose

  • by: JOHN ROGERS , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 25, 2014 - 10:35 PM

MURRIETA, Calif. — Paul Cortez can remember the night 31 years ago as clearly as if it was last week. He had walked into the pediatric intensive care unit of Riverside County Regional Medical Center to find his 7-year-old son, Mikey, barely clinging to life.

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