Family of critically injured MPD officer opens up about road to recovery

Updated: Dec. 19, 2017 at 4:56 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - According to Angela Taylor life has changed "tremendously" since her son's accident in February.

"Every day is different," Taylor said. "There is no day that's the same…it's been a life change."

On Feb. 17, Montgomery Police Officer Carlos Taylor was critically injured after colliding with another vehicle on the job. According to Taylor, her son suffered a traumatic brain injury to his brain stem.

"That controls his eyes, his breathing, his temp, sneezing and coughing," Taylor said.

Taylor said Carlos' body is in good health, his skin is still in tact and he did not suffer any complete fractures. Currently, his motor skills and limited and he is not able to verbally communicate. However, Taylor said she has seen major progress in her son's recovery.

"He is doing a whole lot better," Taylor said. "He's making more sounds. He's more focused. He has no trach in his throat anymore. He's made big changes, and he's more alert. I think it's going good."

Officer Taylor had been living with his mother prior to the accident to help her with her own health conditions. Now, she has transformed a room in the apartment to be suitable for his medical needs, so she can take care of him along with the help of a 24-hour at-home nurse staff.

"When this happened, I was told to put him in a nursing home but I can't do that," Taylor said. "I know my son, and he wants to be home. He wouldn't want to be anywhere else but home, and I could not see myself doing that. Every day I look at him and it inspires me to get up and be stronger."

Along with being inspired by her son's strength and recovery, Taylor said she has been overwhelmed by the support she has received from the community.

"I have had a lot of good support from everyone, including The Burglary Detail Team," Taylor said. "Every time they get paid, they bring stuff here. They bring water and food. They have really been supportive of him."

Hanging above Carlos Taylor's bed is a black and blue American flag, signed by dozens of officers. Many of the signatures are from fellow MPD officers, others are from officers from other states like Georgia, where he received some of his treatment.

The Taylors adorned the flag with a rosary they say was blessed by the Pope for Taylor and a capsule filled with black sand from Africa to wish healing over him.

Neither Taylor nor her daughter, Mahogany, have any doubt that Carlos will be okay.

"Every day I see it happening," said Mahogany Taylor. "I just know it in my heart. I just know one day, my little brother is going to walk again."

Until that day comes, she said she makes sure to talk to him every day and engage with him the best she can.

"I talk to him like he's normal," Taylor said. "I tell him what day it is, and what I did that day…I don't want a day to go by that he doesn't hear me talk about life."

Even if he cannot verbally respond, the Taylors say they know he can hear them.

"His spirit is wonderful," Angela Taylor said. "When he hears my voice, he looks around trying to find me. He feels safe. When he hears his sister's voice, he smiles. He puts on a smile and a smirk. We know he knows we're there."

As the Taylors head into Christmas, they said they are thankful for their community, the growing strength of their family and, of course, Carlos' life.

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