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Hawaiian surfing legend Vincent 'Sunny' Garcia has spoken his first words nearly five months after he was found unconscious in his Oregon home amid a battle with depression.
Sunny's eldest daughter Kaila Garcia took to Instagram on Tuesday to update his fans on his progress.
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'We are taking one day at a time and celebrating each little triumph. My dad is a warrior and fighting everyday to get better and stronger,' she wrote.
Kaila said her father has spoken a 'few words' and is undergoing daily physical, speech and occupational therapy.
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'It's going to be a marathon not a sprint but we work every day to make sure he is surrounded with love, laughter and ohana [family].'
Kaila shared a photo of her father, 49, in a wheelchair alongside his first wife and mother of his three children.
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Family friend Janae Twisselman told Khon 2 Garcia is starting to show signs of awareness.
'With the family members, he's paying attention to voices. He can follow people's faces. He's moving his head. He's speaking a few words,' Ms Twisselman said.
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Garcia said Kaila's name for the first time on Monday.
'When he first started, he was in an induced coma a few months ago, and now we're in a place where he's functioning completely on his – you know for his physical self, his body – on his own,' Ms Twisselman said.
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In a GoFundMe page set up for Garcia, his family described him as a 'warrior' who is 'fighting everyday to get better and stronger'.
'We are taking one day at a time and celebrating each little triumph.'
So far more than $127,000 has been raised from a $150,000 goal.
Garcia was discovered unconscious at his Oregon property in the US before he was rushed to hospital in April this year.
In May he...
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