Longest Coma Patient Ever Passes away after 42 Year

The woman who is the world’s longest-surviving patient living in a coma has died at the age of 59 after spending four decades in a coma following an accident at the age of 16. Edwarda O’Bara entered the diabetic coma after dealing with an intense pneumonia.

The London Daily Mail newspaper featured a story about her case and how her mother never left her side after all these years.

Edwarda O’Bara was a high school student in 1970 when she suddenly fell ill, threw up her medicine and slipped into a diabetic coma.

Her family stayed by her side, caring for the ailing woman and keeping her company for the past 42 years before she passed away on Wednesday .

As a popular 16-year-old, Edwarda had a bright future ahead but then she became ill with a severe bout with pneumonia.

In the morning hours of January 3 in 1970, she ‘woke up shaking and in great pain because the oral form of insulin she had been taking wasn’t reaching her blood stream,’ according to a description of the terrifying event by her family.

She was hospitalized and as she lay in her hospital bed, she turned to her mother, Kaye O’Bara, and pleaded with her to stay near her.

‘Promise me you won’t leave me,’ the teen told her mother, according the Miami Herald.

Edwarda’s father died in 1977 from a heart attack, brought on by the grueling schedule of caring for Edwarda.

Her mother stayed by her daughter’s side until Kaye passed away at the age of 80 in 2008

O’Bara’s sister, Colleen, stepped in to offer full time care for Edwarda

‘She closed her eyes and joined my mom in Heaven,’ Colleen said about Edward’s passing on Wednesday at the age of 59.

 

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