A Serbian woman has just met her 7-year-old daughter for the first time after falling into a coma while giving birth.
Danijela Kovacevic gave birth to her daughter, Marija, in 2009, according to the Daily Mail. However, during labor, Kovacevic fell unconscious after developing sepsis, or blood poisoning.
She remained in a coma for seven years, becoming one of Serbia's longest-surviving coma patients until she suddenly woke from her vegetative state, shocking her doctors.
Since her mother awoke from her coma, the 7-year-old has been spending as much time as possible by her mother's bedside.
A family friend told the Daily Mail, "After school, Marija is close to her mama every day. She comforts her, makes her laugh and does not give up the hope that she will touch her and embrace her."
Heartwarming photos show Marija comforting her mother after she awoke from her coma.
The mother is slowly progressing. She has been responding to treatment and, according to The Sun, doctors say she is now able to sit up, hold a tablet and pen, and follow conversations.
"These are minor recoveries, but Danijela is much better than before," her father, Djordje Kovacevic told The Sun. "She has put on weight, she is more aware and more alive. She reacts, smiles and also gets angry."
Danijela's treatment involves specialist physical exercises and speech therapy that stimulate brain function. She was approved from a three-month stay in her rehabilitation facility by Serbia's Republic Health Insurance Fund, but now her family is seeking funds to cover costs to keep her in the facility to extend her treatment.
"The recovery of three months is really short," her father said. "A man who breaks an arm needs more than three months of recovery, imagine how much time my daughter needs."
He continued, "That is because you are [essentially] teaching a kid to do certain things. She had very hard training. She walked 800 meters and that is a big achievement."
Danijela's family says that they need 50,000 Euros, or more than $53,000, for her extended treatment. They have started raising funds to pay for the medical bills, but worry that they may not have enough.
Kovacevic's father said that a Tae Kwon Do competition was organized in order to raise money for the family. He said that the competition raised more than 10,000 Euros, but that they still need 40,000 more for treatment.