A 47-year-old woman had been in a coma for a total of twelve days, and doctors were concerned that she would not regain consciousness, so they made the decision to disconnect her from the life support machine. But the woman had different plans and defied the odds.
Lyndee had been found unconscious by her husband about two weeks ago and was rushed to the hospital. There, she suffered seizures and remained mostly unconscious. Doctors determined that she wouldn’t come out of her coma and that there was nothing else they could do.
While she couldn’t move or speak, Lyndee was not brain-dead.
She told news outlets, “I remember people talking to me. I remember when people came to visit, my niece reading to me.”
The doctors had no idea she was aware of what was happening around her.
“I remember a doctor shining a light in my eyes and telling my family that there is no response. I also remember the doctor explaining what is going to happen when they turned the life support off,” she said.
Her organs were failing, and because she’s an organ donor, her family made the decision to help save some of the organs.
“They gave one more day for everyone to come and say their goodbyes. On October 29, they turned my life support off. The entire time my husband kept whispering in my ear ‘I need you to fight,’” she recounted.
The organ team was on standby, and doctors were waiting to declare her dead when she began desperately trying to get their attention.
She said, “In my head it was very clear what I was saying, but it wasn’t to them. I was finally able to get out ‘I’m a fighter,’ which is what my husband was whispering in my ear.”
Lyndee suffers from anxiety, panic attacks, and PTSD, but her husband and children are thrilled she woke up.
Following her experience, she says: “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.”
Watch her testimony here.