With no way of knowing whether Bob would ever wake up from his coma, Lee stayed by his side after he was transferred to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Then, her children arrived for their first visit.
Cathryn, who was 12 at the time, says she was scared when she walked in to see her father. "I wasn't sure what to expect," she says. "I didn't have much detail about what he was going to look like."
Lee took her daughter over to Bob's "good side," which wasn't as badly injured as the left side of his body. Cathryn says she started stroking her dad's hair, talking to him and kissing him. "I told him that we were going to play the kissing game," she says. "Whenever he would leave, we would play this game where we would see who could kiss the longest. Then, whoever gave up would lose."
Just then, Cathryn says she and her mom saw a tear roll down Bob's cheek. "I thought to myself, 'Bob's in there. He hears us,'" Lee says. "That was just such a major moment for me."