After hearing her family say their goodbyes before taking her off life support, a woman miraculously successfully fought for her life.
“I don’t consider it a miracle but everybody else, that’s how they reference it,” 45-year-old Lyndee Pellettiere-Swapp said, WDAF reports.
Lyndee’s family decided to take her off life support after she failed to wake up and respond from a deep coma for almost two weeks. Her son had found her unconscious at their home in Phoenix, Arizona in February.
It’s a difficult decision for many, but especially so for the tight-knit Pellettiere-Swapp family.
“Family means all,” Lyndee’s Facebook profile reads. Her son Steven adds, “Keep your family close and don’t let them go.”
Indeed, for Lyndee, family meant so much she battled all the odds to respond and come back to them.
Little did they realize how much she could hear of every word of their farewells.
“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,'” she said.
It was an act that defied all of the doctor’s predictions.
“[Doctors] told [my family] that I would start to make noises when they turned off life support. I was very agitated. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t talk, couldn’t respond. I could just hear conversations around me and about me,” Lyndee said. “I remember a doctor opening my eyes, messing with me, and telling my family I was not reacting.”
Yet somehow, the next day she began talking even more.
“I looked at her, and she just says, ‘Hi,’ and I just fell to my knees,” Lyndee’s daughter, Amanda, said. “I told her, ‘I thought you had been gone for 12 hours.'”
The family was overjoyed they had their mother and wife back.
“I don’t take for granted that I get to come home and kiss my mom,” Steven, Lyndee’s son, said. “Every day I come home from work, seeing her and talking to her.”
Now Lyndee hopes to encourage others with loved ones in comas or other similar situations.
“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.”