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VEREEN HAS WORDS OF HOPE FOR COMATOSE TEENAGER

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Ben Vereen hopes his own comeback from a near-fatal accident can help inspire a 15-year-old boy to recover from a coma.

"You have such incredible energy," Vereen whispered into Mathew Kosbob's ear Saturday during a visit to his hospital room in Hartford, Conn.The boy was severely beaten by four teenagers in Stamford last July. Doctors say he is beginning to emerge from the acute coma stage.

Vereen's own comeback began in 1992, when he was hit by a truck as he walked along a California highway. The entertainer was seriously injured but recovered after extensive physical therapy.

Vereen said healing is spiritual. "The miracle has got to come from you. We cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought," he said.

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