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Woman Spends 42 Years In Coma, Dies At Age 59

42 years in coma

A woman in Miami passed away this week after spending 42 years in a coma.

Edwarda O’Bara, who slipped into a coma in 1979, passed away in her Miami Gardens home at the age of 59.

According to the Miami Herald, O’Bara was in high school when she slipped into a diabetic coma. Before she lost consciousnesses Edwarda asked her mother, Kaye O’Bara, to stay at her side. Kaye kept her promise and took care of her daughter for more than four decades while she was in a coma.

Kaye stayed by her daughter’s side until her death in 2008. Kaye passed away at her daughter’s side in the same room that she shared with Edwarda since she slipped into a coma in 1979.

Kaye’s dedication to her daughter inspired author Dr. Wayne Dyer to write the book A Promise Is A Promise: An Almost Unbelievable Story of a Mother’s Unconditional Love and What It Can Teach Us.

Edwarda may have spent most of her life in a coma but according to Colleen O’Bara she was still “the best sister in the whole wide world.”

Colleen said:

“She taught me so much, and I’m talking about now, after she was in the coma. She taught me so much about unconditional love that I couldn’t say I had it before. She taught me about patience, that I didn’t have before. I learned so much from taking care of my sister. It’s like I grew up overnight.”

Colleen took over her mother’s duties after she passed in 2008. But sadly, Edwarda passed away earlier this week after spending 42-years of her life in a coma.

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13 Responses to “Woman Spends 42 Years In Coma, Dies At Age 59”

  1. Chuck Herrera

    32 years not 42, 1979 t0 2012 is 32 years or 33 depending on the month.

  2. Matt Bertram

    "A woman in Miami passed away this week after spending 42 years in a coma.

    Edwarda O’Bara, who slipped into a coma in 1979".

    If it was 1979, wouldn't it be 33 years?

  3. Darcy Brummett

    I'm no expert, but I thought people recovered from diabetic comas. In other words, woke up from them. They're saying 42 years and then said it happened in 1979. Which is it? 42 or 33?

  4. Chrisie Gilbert

    On yahoo news it said 1970. So either this site, or yahoo got their facts wrong.

  5. Anonymous

    Sadly she spent 42 years of her life in a coma. Not that she died after spending 42 years of her life in a coma. Also the person who wrote column should go back to school and learn some basic math. if she was in a coma for 42 year that would make it around 1970. Wow

  6. Kathy Weir

    It's unbelievable that she survived so long. It had to be the love and care of her mother. She also had to have gone into a coma in the 60's.

  7. Harvey Lester

    THE WHOLE ARTICLE PERIOD IS A MESS, BECAUSE ONE MINUTE THEY SAY HER MOTHER WAS BY HER SIDE, THEN THEY TURNAROUND TO SAY IT WAS HER DAUGHTER, SO WICH IS IT DING DONGS, MOTHER OR DAUGHTER IN A COMA?

  8. Dan 'Revo' Shoen

    it's a typo…all other that covered the store if you check into them..she slipped into a coma (1970 )…so when I add that up..um..yea 42 years….Shakes head..some people….just saying.

  9. Adrienne Corbett

    Not bogus. True story. I do believe it was about 42 years. She was my other side of the block neighbor in the north end of Miami, Florida. Her dad was my 6th grade gym teacher. Her mom, Katherine spent the whole rest of her life caring for Edwarda, always believing her daughter would wake up and go on with her life. Her sister took care of her after the mom died.