The 45-year-old mother's family came in one by one to say their final goodbyes. But no one expected her husband's words to bring her out of the coma.
The importance of loved ones in our lives is immense. They are our pillars of support and the constant push that makes us move forward in life. No matter what situation, we are in, their words can encourage us. A woman from Phoenix, Arizona experienced that. Her husband's words worked like a miracle in her life when everyone around her, including the doctors, had given up.
45-year-old Lyndee Pellettiere-Swapp was found unconscious by her son Steven in 2016. He immediately called 911 and rushed his mother to the hospital. However, getting medical help did not make her condition better. After experiencing multiple seizures, Lyndee slipped into a coma for 12 long days. Her family was devastated and hoped to see her get well. However, contrary to their wishes, the doctors told the family that there was no hope as her organs had started to fail.
Lyndee's family was advised to take her off life support. Though they were devastated by the news, her husband and children had no choice. Knowing Lyndee would want her organs to be donated, her husband, Steve decided to honor her wishes.
Having made the decision to say goodbye to Lyndee forever, her heartbroken family came one by one to bid farewell. They sat by the hospital bed and spoke to her while medics waited outside to collect her organs that were already assigned to two other patients.
After all her relatives, it was time for her husband Steve to say goodbye. Steve who loved his wife was not ready to let her go away. He went by her bedside and whispered into her ears, “You’re a fighter. I need you to fight.” What happened next was surprising.
Lyndee responded, "I’m a fighter.”
Hearing her words, Steve was taken aback. He rushed to the doctors and said, "She is doing everything you said she wouldn’t do." Lyndee's daughter Amanda, who was not present at the scene, was equally surprised. She believed her mother was no more but she was shocked by what she saw. "I looked at her, and she just says, 'Hi,' and I just fell to my knees. I told her, 'I thought you had been gone for 12 hours,'" recalled the daughter.
After miraculously recovering and being discharged in November, Lyndee revealed that even while she was in coma she was aware of her surroundings.
"I started hearing people after the seizures stopped. I remember everyone coming in talking to me. My son Steven and daughter Amanda were singing to me, my niece reading Twilight to me. 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," said the woman to Mirror Online. She wanted to talk but she couldn't, recalled Lyndee. “It was very agitating. I couldn’t move, I couldn’t talk,” said the mother.
Though she suffered from other health complications and had to teach herself to walk and feed again, the woman was grateful for her recovery. “Just because you’re not conscious doesn’t mean you can’t hear. So you should talk to your loved ones if you are in that situation. They hear you,” said Lyndee to CBS 5 Arizona. Lyndee's son is also grateful for her mother's recovery and said that family should never be taken for granted.
"Keep your family close and don’t let them go. I don’t take for granted that I get to come home and kiss my mom," said Steven.