WACO, Texas (KWTX) Retired Baylor University business Professor Dale Allen, who was pulled unconscious from his burning home five months ago in Woodway. is making a remarkable recovery, family members say.
Woodway police Officer Terry Mason ran into Allen’s burning house early in the morning on Sept. 12, 2018 and pulled the retired professor to safety.
Allen, who suffered smoke inhalation and burns over 13 percent of his body, was taken to the intensive care unit of the Parkland Burn Center in Dallas and placed in a medically induced coma.
Five months later to the day, his family says he is 80 percent recovered.
In a social media post, his daughter Krista Allen Howell writes: "It's a miracle! He is no longer using a walker, and is off of all prescription medicine. He is driving, and exercises every day to build up strength. He has even started singing some again!"
Allen still has challenges lifting himself out of a chair, and experiences irritation in his lungs if he sings and talks to long.
"The physical therapist says that he just has to keep building up strength in his core and legs…the lung irritation may take a year or longer to completely heal,” Howell wrote.
"Dad is witty, intelligent, and positive despite so much loss with Mom and their house. I love coming home from work and both Dad and Hobby are there. Dad adds an extra dimension to our family that we couldn't get any other way. We are definitely blessed!" Howell added on her post.