Woman taken off life support lives to tell amazing story

CBS5AZ 4 March 2016
Family First Comment: Lyndee has a message for people who have, and maybe one day will have, loved ones hospitalized, physically not responding. “Just because you are not conscious does not mean you cannot hear,” she said. “So you should talk to your loved ones if you are in that situation. They hear you.”

Last month, Steven found Lyndee unconscious. He called 911.

Lyndee, 45, fell into a coma for 12 days.

Her doctors told her family — her husband, her daughter, Amanda, and Steven — that there was nothing more they could do for her.

Respecting Lyndee’s decision to preserve her organs for donation, the family decided to take her off life support. One by one, each family member sat with her, talked to her. Lyndee heard every word they said.

“I remember people talking to me,” she explained. “I remember when people came to visit, my niece reading to me.”

“[Doctors] told [my family] that I would start to make noises when they turned off life support. I was very agitating. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t talk, couldn’t respond. I could just hear conversations around me and about me,” Lyndee continued. “I remember a doctor opening my eyes, messing with me, and telling my family I was not reacting.”

Lyndee says she tried desperately to speak.

“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. [He said] ‘I need to you to fight.'”

Despite all medical predictions, Lyndee was back, responding, not even realizing what was happening Amanda came in the next day and melted down.

“I looked at her, and she just says, ‘Hi,’ and I just fell to my knees,” Amanda said tearfully. “I told her, ‘I thought you had been gone for 12 hours.'”

“I don’t take for granted that I get to come home and kiss my mom,” Steven said. “Every day I come home from work, seeing her and talking to her.”

Lyndee has a message for people who have, and maybe one day will have, loved ones hospitalized, physically not responding.

“Just because you are not conscious does not mean you cannot hear,” she said. “So you should talk to your loved ones if you are in that situation. They hear you.”
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