With much persistence and the desire to be better than he was before, on Thursday, August 16, 2012, at 6:30 PM, Drakori Murphy will officially receive his high school diploma from Cedar Hill High School -Performing Arts Center (1 Longhorn Blvd Cedar Hill, TX 75104). The first time around, the family celebrated his big day in the ICU at Baylor with the nurses and staff while he was still in a coma. This time, Drakori is honored to share his even BIGGER day with everyone as he continue’s to get stronger each day.
On May 19, 2012, the day of his prom, Murphy was one of 3 passengers involved in a fatal car accident that killed his friend, Cornelius Towns, 18, of DeSoto, Texas,. The 1994 Lexus driven by Evan Thomas Williams, 19, of Cedar Hill drifted off of the roadway, travelled down a grassy embankment on I-20 (Grand Prairie, Texas).
The car became airborne and travelled some distance before crashing. Darkori, who was a front seat passenger was pulled out by Williams.
Murphy was airlifted to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and was in critical condition. Towns and Murphy were seniors at Cedar Hill High School. Unfortunately, It has been a long road to recovery. Murphy has had to learn how to eat, walk, and to speak again. Taquia Murphy, Darkori’s mother stated, ”that he only had a 10% chance of recovery, and that the situation had been difficult for the family due to his mounting medical bills”. That day family and friends filled up 2 floors and immediately began to pray. The prognosis was dire: collapsed lungs, failing kidneys, a broken right leg and left collar bone. Kori was diagnosed with severe traumatic brain injury,with blood & fluid on the brain. Kori had blood transfusions, plastic surgery and a titanium rod inserted in his right leg to replace his crushed right femur bone.
But Takiyah, Darkori's mother, never doubted Kori would live, attributing her strength to faith in God and a host of family and friends (Brent, Willie Murphy,Reginald Thomas, Krandel and Anna Newton, Rev. Clenard and Rosalind Holmes, and Christopher Hawkins, Sr to name a few.) She said, “God just wanted our attention, so they continued to pray with thousands around the country who read Kori's story on Facebook, Twitter, the internet and by word of mouth.
Donavon Murphy, Kori's older brother decided to extend his stay in Texas ( Howard University student) just in case his little brother woke up and needed him. Kori's cousin and best friend, Karrington Ford, also a graduating senior this year, selflessly spent his entire summer helping the team of parents and grandparents care for his cousin.
Kori is one of four children. His sisters Armani and Maiya Murphy as well as Alex Ellis kept Kori entertained by reading to him during his coma and giving him manicures. The family camped out in the Baylor ICU and BIR, with the parents continued taking turns to spend the night with Kori.
As the hours and days passed, Kori began to defy what the doctors had told the family, with few setbacks. Takiyah said, " It was like the more people began to pray in earnest, God began to heal Kori faster. I have had the best spiritual journey. Having such a supportive family made the tough days bearable and the good days great."
The family credits Kori's neurosurgeon, Dr. Doughty, and the ICU team of nurses, respiratory techs, all of which, the family believes were chosen by God to heal Darkori. Kori was in the ICU for 3 weeks before moving on to the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas, under the leadership of Dr. Dubiel and her team.
An avid Graphic Designer, before the accident, Drakori started a clothing line called, FromKneeIIYou. Entrepreneurship has always been a dream of his. He hopes that he can have a full recovery so that he can fulfill his dream. Lost in the accident was his beloved I-Phone 4, computer and his favorite Polo shirt. We can rest assure that he will be back on top!!
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Dionne Beauregard, President/CEO of VFMG Public Relations & Marketing has setup a donation campaign called:
The Darkori Murphy Recovery Campaign Fund on the website - Indiegogo.com
Video Footage of Car Accident
The Big Day
What: High School Graduation
When: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Cedar Hill High School- Performing Arts Center
For Interview availability
To The Darkori Murphy Recovery Campaign Fund:
Contact -Dionne Beauregard - VFMG Public Relations & Marketing, LLC
Phone: (832) 483-3350