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October 24, 2021

Woman Awakens from Coma When Life Support Is Switched off and Repeats Her Husband's Message

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Lyndee Pellettiere-Swapp’s family thought she would never wake up from her coma. When they decided to pull out the life support, a miracle happened.

When doctors say that there is nothing further they can do, a patient’s time on earth begins to tick. So when Lyndee Pellettiere-Swapp’s doctors told her family that they had exhausted all efforts, they had to make a decision.

Lyndee’s son, Steven, found her unresponsive on October 15, 2015, when he came home from work. After being rushed to the hospital, Lyndee fell into a 12-day coma.

Lyndee Pellettiere-Swapp's close-up photo smiling. | Source: facebook.com/lyndeebrown.pellettiereswapp

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During the first five days, the Arizona resident suffered multiple seizures for the first time in her life. After that, she continued to be in an unresponsive state.

Days passed and doctors informed Lyndee’s family that her organs were starting to fail. As an avid organ donor, her family had to decide to take off life support quickly. 

Little did they know that Lyndee was very much alive inside and could hear everything going on around her. “I started hearing people after the seizures stopped,” she said.

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Lyndee recalled her son and daughter, Amanda, singing to her and her niece reading a novel. She also recalled the doctors breaking the devastating news to her family. She shared:

“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.”

Although she wanted to speak up, Lyndee couldn’t move nor speak -- a phenomenon called being “locked in.” No one knew that she was conscious of her surroundings and spectated as everyone planned her death.

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“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, Steve, kept whispering in my ear, ‘I need you to fight,’” Lyndee shared.

She has been hospitalized seven times and has endured four surgeries since her initial release.

The doctors removed tubes connected to her while an organ donation team waited for the doctor to pronounce her dead. Although she couldn’t move, Lyndee was able to find a way to speak.

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“I’m a fighter,” she whispered. Shocked beyond words, Steve immediately went to the doctor and said, “She is doing everything you said she wouldn’t do.”

Lyndee’s fighting spirit saved her. Although her recovery was slow, she learned to walk and move around again. However, several health problems arose following the coma.

She has been hospitalized seven times and has endured four surgeries since her initial release. In 2016, she developed five blood clots in her body. Nevertheless, she is alive and has the support of her family.

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There have been other cases of people waking up from a coma after doctors said they would not make it. Among them is Christine Smith, whose COVID-19 complications put her to sleep.

However, after struggling to survive, she miraculously woke up and looked for her mother. Soon after, her boyfriend proposed, hoping he would never lose her again.

Lyndee and Christine’s story have since given a new perspective of people in a coma. As Lyndee shared, sometimes a person in such a state can hear those around them, even if they cannot move or speak.

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