It had been four months since a gunman had filled Nick’s gut, shoulder and head with bullets. Four months to the day since doctors in Baton Rouge, La., had said the deputy’s brain was so damaged, he would likely never regain consciousness.

Physical therapists lifted Nick Tullier out of bed and into a wheelchair on his second day in Houston last November. They pushed him down the hall, to a sixth-floor rehab room. Then they began the painstaking work of bringing him back to life.

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