Two tidbits from a Washington Post article:
First police were quoted as saying: “Once he comes to, we can actually put the pieces together.”
And Taylor’s grandmother said, “He’s doing pretty good. He’s in critical condition. That’s all the information I have.”
Both statements are encouraging. Your grandmother doesn’t say “he’s doing pretty good” when you are in critical condition without the doctors saying positive things. And the police don’t just assume you wake up from this, again, without some good news from doctors.
I don’t mean to read too much into it. Sometimes false hope leads to people saying things a little bit sloppily. But I prefer this to statements like “if he ever wakes up, we don’t expect him to be able to tell us anything anyway.”