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Family keeps vigil for comatose Santa Rosa cyclist

Should Tristan Humble wake, the reflections of his friends' and family's love will be all around him in the posters, pictures and personal artifacts that have transformed his hospital room at Kaiser Medical Center in Santa Rosa.

Huge, brightly colored origami cranes brought by a friend hang from the ceiling. Someone else left a San Francisco Giants pennant from spring training. Humble's cherished Tottenham Hotspur soccer team is represented by a banner brought by others.

There are flowers, valentines and a guitar standing ready for visitors who know how to play and wish to communicate with Humble through music, one of several languages dear to him.

Very likely, his mother, Teresa, will be there, keeping vigil as she has through most of the days and weeks since the bicycle crash that left her 25-year-old son in a coma.

"The progress is all positive," said Donna Wells, a family friend and one of Tristan Humble's co-workers. "He's just not sitting up in bed talking to us yet. But that's the plan."

Humble, one of four brothers in a tight-knit family raised by Teresa and Strawberry Elementary School Principal Scott Humble, is a lifelong athlete, outdoorsman, skilled cyclist and distance runner.

But Feb. 2, on his first ride over Trinity Road, he drifted across the double yellow line on a downhill curve near Cavedale Road and collided head-on with a Honda minivan, the CHP said.

The Brown University grad was thrown from his bicycle and landed on the pavement, apparently head first, fracturing his skull through his helmet, authorities and family said.

He skinned a knee and broke his glasses, requiring a few stitches in his eyelid, said Scott Humble, former Forestville school superintendent.

But Tristan Humble suffered no other physical injuries besides the brain trauma that holds him prisoner now, though he has in recent weeks begun to breathe on his own and seems to be suffering fewer episodes of extreme pain that his family calls "storms."


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