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.”
“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.