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Concert for a miracle
Money will help family pay medical bills
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Brian Murkison, 7, was critically injured in a December car crash. - photo by Special

    Brian Murkison, a seven-year-old boy critically injured in a December car crash near Statesboro, is making a miraculous recovery. To help Brian Murkison’s family with rehabilitation expenses, a benefit "Miracle Music" concert by Dr. Michael Braz will be held on Saturday, April 21 at the Averitt Center for the Arts Emma Kelly Theater.
    After the Murkison family was involved in a car accident on Old River and Lakeview Road, brothers Brian and Ben Murkison, 10, as well as their grandfather Gene Murkison were airlifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, said event organizer Lori Grice.
    “His brother and grandfather were released within a few days, but Brian suffered a traumatic brain injury,” she said.
    After two weeks in the pediatric intensive care unit, doctors gave a dire prognosis, and Brian was taken to Ogeechee Area Hospice. But, the boy was not ready to give up.
    “Brian's brother Ben asked for prayers for a Christmas Miracle, and things began to change.  He went back to Memorial for a week and in January, Brian was moved to Scottish Rite Hospital's Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit.”
     Today, he is back in his home in Atlanta, attending day rehab with physical, occupational and speech therapies daily, Grice said. 
    Braz came up with the idea of a concert and asked Grice to help. “… of course, I said yes. This will be their first trip back to Statesboro since they were in hospice. They were really excited to celebrate the miracle with friends and loved ones.”
    Braz said he is delighted to help the family.
    “Daily, I continue to be amazed and inspired by both Brian's recovery and the family's love and resiliency, so it's a real honor to perform on behalf of them,” he said. “I'm so grateful to Lori Grice and the many others who continue to support the Murkisons through their thoughts, prayers and actions.  I hope to see everyone at the concert.”
    Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door for either the 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. performances.
    In addition to the concert, items are being collected for the silent auction, Grice said. For information on purchasing tickets or to donate a silent auction item, contact Grice at 912-764-7274.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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