It’s the worst nightmare for every child. Steven panicked when he found his mother, Lyndee, who was 45 years old, totally unconscious in their home in Arizona. He called 911 immediately, and Lyndee was hurried to the hospital. But the doctors could not do much. Lyndee suffered seizures for five days and eventually fell into a coma where she stayed for twelve days. Steve, daughter Amanda, and son Steven, husband of Lyndee, hoped for a miracle. But doctors said they could do nothing more. Her family was advised to turn off her life support twelve heartbreaking days after the tragic event.
It’s a decision no family should have to make, but they knew Lyndee wanted to be an organ donor, making it a little easier to make the decision. “My family knows I am an avid organ donor so when my organs started to fail, they made the decision — it was time to make that decision,” Lyndee would later add. The tough decision was made to pull the plug, taking into account what the family thought was Lyndee’s wishes.
One by one, each of the family members paid a visit Lyndee to say one final goodbye. Little did her family know, Lyndee heard every word. Because Lyndee wasn’t yet brain d-ead. Though she couldn’t move or speak, she was often aware of some of what was going on around her — a phenomenon known as being ‘locked in’.
“I remember people talking to me,” Lyndee said. “I remember when people came to visit, my niece reading to me.” Lyndee’s husband was the last on who was going to say goodbye, and he whispered to his wife: “You’re a f-ighter. I need you to f-ight.” Lyndee, who could not move, let alone talk, was very aware of what was going on around her. She knew she had to say something up in order to save her own life, but she tried and failed.
“In my head, it was very clear what I was saying, but it wasn’t to them,” she told sources. And she wanted so badly to stay that she was finally able to get a few sentences out. “I’m a f-ighter,” Lyndee whispered. Her family was stunned. Shocked, Steve quickly went to get the doctor.
“My husband said, ‘She is doing everything you said she wouldn’t do,’” Lyndee recalled. Against all odds and medical predictions, Lyndee was back, awake, and responding, AZ Family reported. They had just shut off life support, and now the elated mother and wife was alive! It was nothing short of a miracle from God.
“I looked at her, and she just says, ‘Hi,’ and I just fell to my knees,” Lyndee’s daughter Amanda recalled tearfully, when she described how she melted down after receiving the shock of her life.
Lyndee was finally able to leave the hospital, but it wasn’t going to be easy to go back to normal life. She had to learn first of all to walk and feed herself again. She suffered a number of health issues and complications despite her amazing recovery.
“They released me with home healthcare to continue learning everything,” she said. She also required four follow-up operations and hospitalizations , and she suffered PTSD from the tr-aumatic experience. Four years have now passed since that event, but Lyndee Brown Pellettiere-Swapp still have “no answers” as to why she first fell unconscious or how she made such a recovery.
But, there was one thing she was sure of that she needed others to know too. “Just because you’re not conscious doesn’t mean you can’t hear,” she told CBS 5 Arizona. “So you should talk to your loved ones if you are in that situation. They hear you.” Her experience also left Lyndee’s family with an important message for others.
Everything can be taken away. You can wake up one day and everything is fine, and then your life is a mess. “Keep your family close and don’t let them go. I don’t take for granted that I get to come home and kiss my mom”, Lyndee’s son Steven said. “Every day I come home from work, seeing her and talking to her”, Steven continued.
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