By Sara James
NBC News correspondent
As a journalist, sometimes you wind up covering a story that hits home personally. For my family, Sam and Sally's story is like that. My husband Andrew and I have two wonderful girls. Our younger daughter, Jacqueline, has complex epilepsy and a developmental delay. Learning is harder for her, and we have had a lot of doctors and therapists and experts in our lives. I am always on the lookout for the latest research about the brain, and there are many exciting developments in the field. When I learned about Sally and Sam, and heard about Sam's remarkable reaction to Ambien, I couldn't wait to meet them.
Our 10-year-old daughter, Sophie, heard me talking about the story and was both intrigued and inspired. The night before I flew to Brisbane to interview this extraordinary couple, Sophie asked if she could videotape a message on my cell phone for me to take to the family.
Here are the responses from Sally, and from Sam's father, John.
Also, a few weeks after we met with Sam, he sent a special message to us and all of his supporters with an update on his recovery.