Despite Tracy Morgan appearing in good spirits and on the road to a full recovery in a video of him shot in July just a month after his tragic June 7 car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, his lawyer reveals in a new interview that the comedian's serious injuries might actually be something he cannot ever fully recover from.
"When you have a traumatic brain injury, it takes a very long time to find out how you're going to do and how much you're going to recover," his lawyer, Benedict Morelli, tells the Associated Press. "You just don't know. He's still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he's just not better. We're hoping and praying to get him back to where he was. But the jury's out."
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Morelli heartbreakingly confirms that Morgan is currently not the "Tracy Morgan he once was."
"He's fighting to get better, and if there's a chance for him to be back to the Tracy Morgan he once was, he's going to try to do that," he says. "But we just don't know because of the severity of the injuries that he sustained and the fact that he had such a severe brain injury."
In addition to his brain injury, Morgan, 46, also suffered a broken leg, nose and ribs in the June crash with a Wal-Mart truck that left him in critical condition. His friend and fellow comedian James McNair was killed in the crash.
Morgan is now suing Wal-Mart, claiming there was negligence on the store's part that led to the accident, and also claiming that driver Kevin Roper fell asleep at the wheel.
In an August interview with the Today show, Morelli called Morgan "a fighter."
"He's still struggling, but he's a fighter," Morelli said of the 30 Rock star. "He's had issues before that he's fought through and he's fighting hard."
In a video of him leaving his house in New Jersey on July 14, Morgan gave the peace sign and thanked everyone for the outpouring of support he's received since the accident.
"I'm OK," he told photographers simply. "I love you very much. Thank you. I appreciate everything."
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