Though he’s been technically unconscious in Bryan’s St. Joseph Hospital’s critical care unit since the accident, Kimbrough has begun to open his eyes and regularly respond to stimulus such as noise, voices or touch.
“He’s been very active... reacting to people’s voices frequently and looking straight toward us when we mention (old Beeville friends). When the call button was in his hand, he flexed his finger three or four times, indicating he knew it was there,” said Wil Galloway, longtime friend and spokesman for the family, this week.
Doctors say Kimbrough has entered the “recovery” phase. Despite many broken bones and damaged vertebrae, Kimbrough is not paralyzed and has movement of both arms and legs.
Kimbrough, who has been tabbed as the state’s “fix-it” specialist through two governors’ administrations, has been “drafted” for some 15 different state jobs in nearly as many years. His no-nonsense approach in cleaning up problem agencies has earned him support from both sides of the aisle.
He frequently traveled the state to visit outlying agency offices on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and rides on occasion with Gov. Rick Perry, also a motorcycling enthusiast.