Woman taken off life support suddenly begins to speak

Medical science has progressed dramatically in the last few decades. Doctors can make accurate diagnoses and find the right treatment in a matter of hours or even minutes. But there are some cases that simply defy logic and end up proving even the most experienced medical professionals wrong. And when Lyndee Brown Pellettiere-Swapp fell into a coma, it was exactly one of those cases.

In February 2016, Lyndee collapsed in her home in Phoenix, Arizona. When her son Steven found her, he immediately called an ambulance. By the time Lyndee reached the hospital she was in a deep coma.

For 12 long days her family and doctors waited for some kind of response. They performed many tests but it appeared that Lyndee’s brain was not functioning. Amazingly though, 45-year-old Lyndee was actually aware of everything that was going on: “I remember a doctor opening my eyes, checking them and telling my family I was not reacting,” she recalls.

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Following their doctor’s advice, the family made the extremely difficult decision to remove Lyndee from life support. One by one her relatives went in to say their final farewells. The last to go in was her husband who hadn’t given up hope: “I need you to fight, I need you to fight,” he repeated. Lyndee heard his words and tried desperately to speak.

Then suddenly the ability came to her, as she shouted, “I am a fighter!”

Her whole family stared in disbelief. It was a stunning, almost magical, moment, which they'll never forget. 

Lyndee beat the odds and has made it her mission to let others know about her experience in the hopes that they won’t make the same mistake: "Just because you are not conscious does not mean you cannot hear. So you should talk to your loved ones if you are in that situation. They hear you.”

When we have the urge to keep fighting, even though everything seems hopeless, it's sometimes because we're on the right track and victory is actually right around the corner. Sometimes a glimmer of hope is all that's needed to help a loved one beat the odds.




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