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Daughter came back from a coma after over 3 years

08 Mar
My daughter was in a terrible automobile accident several years ago when she was 18 years old. She was in a persistent vegetative state for 3 years, 2 months and 1 week..
My daughter was in a terrible automobile accident several years ago when she was 18 years old. She was in a persistent vegetative state for 3 years, 2 months and 1 week. My wife and I were told that although miracles were possible, not to expect too much, because this was probably as good as it was going to get. We were devastated.

We organized teams of helpers to be at our daughter’s bedside. Our other three children, some of our friends and some of her friends, an aunt, an uncle and two cousins all contributed to the effort of talking to her, playing her favorite music for her, rubbing her hands and feet with lotion, and telling her how much we loved her and how we looked forward to having her back with us in a fuller, more conscious way. We reported to her on other family members’ doings, and read her the news, letters and cards each day.

She came back to us very slowly, but it started with subtle movements in her eyes and with two of her fingers. Over the weeks and months that followed, more and more of her came back. She had some serious catching up to do, of course, and she still walks with a slight limp (she is now 23) but we expect that this will improve in the same way that everything else has.

So I want to say this: Never give up! NEVER. When people say "Don’t get too hopeful", don’t listen. They don’t know. Nobody knows. Our daughter is our beloved case in point.

John Morgan Jr.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award