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COVID Patient Wakes on Day Family Was to Pull the Plug

Bettina Lerman, 69, has a long road of recovery ahead

(Newser) - Doctors were certain Bettina Lerman would not wake after more than a month on a ventilator battling COVID-19 at a hospital in Portland, Maine. So her family flew to Lerman's home in Florida, canceled her lease, got rid of many of her possessions, and began planning a funeral, reports...

After 39 Years in a Coma, Soccer Player Is Dead

Jean-Pierre Adams suffered brain damage during routine knee operation

(Newser) - The former French soccer player whose coma was the longest of any man in history has died at the age of 73, 39 years after falling into a coma during a knee operation gone wrong. Jean-Pierre Adams played for teams including Paris Saint-Germain and Nice before the botched procedure in...

Woman Wakes From 10-Month Coma
Woman Wakes
From 10-Month Coma

Woman Wakes From 10-Month Coma

Italy's Cristina Rosi gave birth after suffering a heart attack last year

(Newser) - An Italian mother who gave birth to a baby girl the better part of a year ago can finally meet her daughter. The BBC reports that 37-year-old Cristina Rosi has woken from a 10-month coma and spoken her first word: "Mama." The outlet collects reports from Italian media...

Girl in Coma After Crash Involving Chiefs Coach Wakes

But Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach may still be out of a job

(Newser) - A 5-year-old girl who suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash with a Kansas City Chiefs coach earlier this month is out of a coma. Ariel Young awoke Monday, 11 days after Britt Reid struck her family's vehicle on a highway on-ramp near the team practice facility in Kansas City,...

In a Coma Since Accident, Teen Doesn't Know About Pandemic

Family isn't sure how to tell what's happened since last March

(Newser) - A teenager in the UK has had the coronavirus twice but doesn't know it. Joseph Flavill has been in a coma since he was hit by a car March 1 while walking in the town of Burton upon Trent, suffering a traumatic brain injury. That was three weeks before...

It Was a 'Miracle' Birth. The Mother Knew Nothing of It

Perpetual Uke praises medical science for delivery of twins while in coma

(Newser) - Perpetual Uke was 26 weeks pregnant when her twins were delivered by cesarean section at a hospital in Birmingham, England. She didn't meet them for a month. Diagnosed with COVID-19, the rheumatology consultant had been taken to the hospital, placed on a ventilator in the ICU, and then put...

After Coma Rumors, Kim Jong Un Shows Up, Cigarette in Hand
'What Is Going On'
With Kim Jong Un?

'What Is Going On' With Kim Jong Un?

He was said once again to be incapacitated—then supposedly showed up smoking a cigarette

(Newser) - There's a lot going on in the world right now, but Bloomberg has just come out and asked the question we've all had simmering in the back of our minds for some time: "What's going on with Kim Jong Un?" In April, the North Korean leader...

Critically Ill Navalny Gets OK to Be Flown From Russia to Berlin

Russian doctors at first refused family's request to let him be transported, saying he was too sick

(Newser) - Alexei Navalny is headed to Germany. The family of the 44-year-old Russian opposition leader— in a coma and on a ventilator in a hospital's intensive care unit in Omsk after what allies suspect was a poisoning on Thursday—had wanted Navalny to be transferred to a clinic in Berlin,...

Woman Wakes From Coma After Volcano, Gets Tragic News

Severely burned Lisa Dallow finds out husband, 15-year-old daughter died in NZ disaster

(Newser) - Bittersweet news out of Australia, where a woman severely burned in the eruption of the White Island volcano in New Zealand finally awoke from her coma—only to find out her family had died in the disaster. A rep for the family tells the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that 48-year-old engineer...

Family:Things Look 'Dire' for Victim of Anti-Semitic Attack

Relatives of 71-year-old Josef Neumann say he likely won't recover after Hanukkah stabbing

(Newser) - Just one of five Jewish people stabbed at a Hanukkah celebration in upstate New York is still hospitalized, but his family says his condition is "dire" and it doesn't look like he'll recover. "Doctors are not optimistic about his chances to regain consciousness" says a statement...

Woman in Coma After Using Face Cream
Woman in Coma After
Using Face Cream

Woman in Coma After Using Face Cream

Sacramento woman bought skin-lightening cream in Mexico tainted with mercury

(Newser) - A 47-year-old woman from Sacramento, Calif., stumbled into the ER earlier this summer, slurring her speech and complaining of numbness in her face and hands. Soon after, she slipped into a semi-comatose state, which she's now been in for weeks, and health officials say they've traced the cause...

No Man Has Been in a Coma Longer Than Him

Former soccer star just reached the 37-year mark

(Newser) - Jean-Pierre Adams went to the hospital in July 1982 for what should have been routine surgery on his knee. He's been asleep ever since. Newsweek reports that on July 7, the former French soccer star's coma became the third-longest in history. Women have the longest two, giving Adams...

John Singleton Is in a Coma
John Singleton
Is in a Coma

John Singleton Is in a Coma

'Boyz N the Hood' director suffered a stroke earlier this month

(Newser) - Court papers show that Boyz N the Hood director John Singleton is in a coma at a Los Angeles hospital eight days after suffering a major stroke, the AP reports. The 51-year-old director's condition was revealed in a court filing Thursday from his mother, Shelia Ward, who is requesting...

Comatose Woman Wakes, Learns It's the 21st Century

Munira Abdulla had been unresponsive since 1991

(Newser) - Until June 2018, Munira Abdulla had last been conscious when mobile phones were just starting to be widely sold . Had they then been readily available, someone might have been able to call for help. Instead, Abdulla waited for hours for help to arrive after the car she was in collided...

Man Wakes From Coma, Goes Home to Celebrate Christmas

Caine's neighbors, family kept the holiday alive for him while he remained unconscious for 6 weeks

(Newser) - If you still have your holiday decorations up, you may not have a great excuse. But a famous street in San Diego has a very good one, and it's heartwarming to boot. The residents of Rancho Penasquitos' Ellingham Drive, aka "Christmas Card Lane," are renowned for their...

Mother Who Gave Birth While in a Coma Has Died

Sharista Giles was four months pregnant when she suffered a traumatic brain injury

(Newser) - Sharista Giles, a critically injured accident victim who gave birth while in a coma , died this week, her family reported on Facebook. “Sharista Giles gained her wings this morning,” the post said. “She has suffered for 3 1/2 years ... (and now) she can walk, talk, sing, dance,...

Eric Garner's Daughter in Coma After Heart Attack

27-year-old activist is in grave condition, family says

(Newser) - Erica Garner, the 27-year-old daughter of Eric Garner , spent Christmas Day fighting for her life after what family members say was an asthma-induced heart attack. The anti-police brutality activist is one of the six children of Garner, who died in 2014 after being placed in a banned chokehold by New...

Boy Partied at Uncle's Wedding. Then He Slept for 11 Days

Doctors baffled at what caused 7-year-old Wyatt Shaw to sleep for so long

(Newser) - Wyatt Shaw was living it up at his uncle's wedding. The 7-year-old ring bearer from Kentucky even snagged the bride for a final dance. The next day, when he complained of a headache and an upset stomach, his family figured "he had just had too much cake,"...

Comatose Football Fan Responds to Mention of Archrivals

'He always makes a face when we mention Michigan'

(Newser) - The family of an Ohio man who returned to the US comatose in April after suffering a traumatic brain injury from a car accident in the Republic of Georgia was given little chance of recovering by doctors who said they should be prepared to turn off his feeding tube within...

Doctor Disputes North Korea's Story About American's Coma

Otto Warmbier landed in US, was rushed to University of Cincinnati Medical Center

(Newser) - Blue and white ribbons lined the street near Otto Warmbier's family home Tuesday night as the American student freed by North Korea arrived back in Cincinnati. The 22-year-old, who is believed to have been in a coma for more than a year, was rushed to the University of Cincinnati...

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