A Sacramento-area teenager who invented a prayer app has emerged from a coma.

Allen Wright came out of his coma of eight days after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. Wright’s family and friends asked for prayers… and received them on the Apple iPhone app that their son invented called “A Note to God.”

In The Sacramento Bee, the neurosurgeon treating Wright was asked whether he might have been helped by prayer. The doctor’s reply: “Sometimes I think it does. Sometimes I think it doesn’t. I don’t actively encourage it. But in my opinion, it never hurts to pray.”

When his prayer app went live two years ago, Wright told The Bee, “If you want to send a message, and you don’t have anybody to talk to, you could send a little prayer,” he said.

Police in Sacramento said they are still looking for the person responsible for the hit-and-run.

iTunes has posted a note of support on the same page where you can download the app.

Check out a KXTV video about Wright’s accident here:

Creator of Prayer App Emerges from Coma 23 March,2011Kelly Wilkinson

  • Hawthorne Wingo

    Guess what? Joe Six-Pack of Daly City, creator of an iPhone fart app, came out of a coma yesterday, too. As Joe lives alone, keeps to himself, and has only one relative — a brother who’s an atheist — it’s unlikely anyone prayed for him. But as he held vigil in the hospital, Joe’s brother did use the app quite a few times more than he usually does. Doctors are uncertain whether the brother’s use of the app played a role in Joe’s recovery. “Really? That’s the question you want me to answer?” a neurosurgeon remarked to an intrepid reporter from the Sacramento Bee. “Whatever, but I guess it couldn’t have hurt.”

    What is this, the 700 Club? It’s certainly great this kid came out of his coma. But, you know, really great work with the hard-hitting local news, KQED.

    • Heaven Bound

      I’ll pray for you…..

      • Hawthorne Wingo

        Oh, please do. And be sure to use the magic app.

        After that, explain to me how this is news.

    • Aubree

      Wow your just a nice person all around, it looks like you need some prayer. I will be sure to add you to my list.


Kelly Wilkinson

Kelly Wilkinson is a radio journalist living in San Francisco. You can hear her reporting frequently on KQED FM and The California Report. In addition to covering California and Bay Area news, Kelly writes the (mostly) crafty blog Make Grow Gather. There she chronicles her love of making things like lemon curd from foraged fruit, spray-painted lampshades and cut felt placemats. The projects she creates are regularly picked up by national websites and magazines. Kelly grew up in a renovated barn in Virginia and is constantly trying to bring a little bit of her rural upbringing to her now-urban life. By day, she catches the N-Judah out the front door. By weekend, she tends bees and grows vegetables in the backyard.

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