That doctor was Dr. Ronald Cranford.
He made a similar prognosis about another patient in a similar situation.
''Sergeant Mack will never regain cognitive, sapient functioning,'' Cranford said six months after Mack was shot while serving a search warrant on Dec. 13, 1979. ''He will never be aware of his condition nor resume any degree of meaningful voluntary conscious interaction with his family or friends.''
On October 22 1981, Sergeant Mack woke up. In fact he regained "...95 percent of his intellectual abilities."
I wouldn't want that doctor diagnosing me.
Tip o' the hat to Curmudgeons.