Mohammad Reza Peykani, who is from Zanjan, northwestern Iran, has been confined to bed for over a decade.
Being infected with a virus about 12 years ago, Peykani sustained severe damage to his brain and has since been looked after by his caring wife, Ms. Abassabadi, and his two children.
Hope for his recovery has sustained the family through the hard time. It seems that their patience is paying off and signs of recovery are presenting themselves.
The following is a photo gallery that Fars News Agency posted online on April 10 of the family who stuck together through thick and thin: