Lyndee Pellettiere-Swapp was 45 years old when she suddenly and inexplicably fell into a coma. Her son Steven came home to find her unconscious, and the entire family panicked.
Lyndee was rushed to the hospital, and for the next 12 days, her son Steven, her daughter Amanda, and her husband, endured the heartbreaking ordeal together. They took turns sitting by her bed and talking to her, so she never had to be alone.
But after 12 days, doctors said the family should consider taking her off life support.
Lyndee had wished to be an organ donor after death, and wanting to honor her wishes to save another life, the family agreed to pull the plug. The doctors spoke to the family about the process of dying, to prepare them for what they would see once they turned off life support.
Unbeknownst to everyone, Lyndee had heard everything that was said, and she tried desperately to respond, to no avail. The doctors then turned off life support and started assigning her organs to two recipients.
After that, the family members said their goodbyes one by one.
Her husband was last, and leaned down to whisper in her ear:
“You’re a fighter. I need you to fight.”
She then mustered all her strength to respond, and miraculously, she did.
“I’m a fighter,” she whispered.
He was shocked. Lyndee was still quite out of it at that point, and told CBS her first focused memory after the ordeal was the next morning.
Amanda came into the room, and Lyndee, fully lucid, said, ‘Hi.’
“I just fell to my knees and started sobbing,” Amanda said. “And she just looked at me and said, ‘Why are you so upset?’ I thought she was gone for 12 hours!”
“I remember everybody talking to me, I remember when people came to visit, I remember what conversations, I remember my niece reading to me,” Lyndee said.
Upon waking, she had a message for other families with loved ones in comas:
“Just because you’re not conscious doesn’t mean you can’t hear, so you should talk to your loved ones,” she said.