Lyndee Pellettiere-Swapp was in a coma, but she heard everything that her family said just before her life support was turned off. What happened next was practically a miracle.
The then-45-year-old mother still has no idea why she fell unconscious in her home on that day in 2016. Lyndee lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her family. Her son Steven had found her and called 911 in a panic, and she was rushed to the hospital. For the next five days, she experienced seizures and eventually fell into a coma for 12 days.
Lyndee also has a daughter named Amanda, and a husband, named Steve. Her family prayed for a miracle. After several days, however, doctors advised them to turn off her life support, and they had a painful decision to make.
“My family knows I am an avid organ donor so when my organs started to fail, they made the decision,” Lyndee told the media after the incident. “It was time to make that decision.”
In the end, sadly, they chose to honor Lyndee’s wish to donate her organs and take her off life support.
#MUSTWATCH: Imagine making the painful decision take your unresponsive loved one off of life support…and they survive! This is Lyndee's story. She was in a coma, but what her family and doctors didn't know is she could hear discussions, even the ones doctors had with her family about the process of dying. Feel free to share.
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Her family members came to say their final goodbyes, and they each took turns speaking to her beside her hospital bed. Unbeknownst to them, Lyndee heard every word clearly; even though she was unconscious, she wasn’t braindead.
“I remember people talking to me,” she shared. “I remember when people came to visit, my niece reading to me.”
Her husband, Steve, was the last person to say farewell. He whispered a plea for her to hold on to life. “You’re a fighter. I need you to fight,” he had said.
And that’s when something miraculous happened.
Although Lyndee could neither move nor speak, she had heard all that had transpired. She had heard her family’s goodbyes; she had heard the doctors when they described to the family the process they would witness of her dying; and hearing this, she desperately tried to speak to save her life.
“It was very agitating,” she later recounted. “I couldn’t move, I couldn’t talk.”
Then, at the very last minute, she was able to muster up a few words:
“I’m a fighter,” she whispered, to everyone’s shock.
Steve quickly went and got a doctor to tell them what had happened. “She is doing everything you said she wouldn’t do,” Lyndee had recalled Steve saying.
It had been a close call for Lyndee—unbelievably close. In fact, according to CBS 5 Arizona, two medics were standing by outside her room, waiting to collect her organs—which had already been assigned to two different patients.
The full magnitude of her awakening, though, hit home the next day. Lyndee’s daughter Amanda came to visit Lyndee in the hospital, and the young lady was clearly unprepared for what came next.
“I looked at her, and she just says, ‘Hi,’ and I just fell to my knees and was sobbing,” Amanda told CBS 5 Arizona weeks after the incident. She had thought her mother had passed away.
It’s now been four years since Lyndee’s coma, and she still has no clue what caused it or how she recovered. Although she doesn’t call it a “miracle,” that’s how her loved ones perceive it. She’s had to relearn how to walk and feed herself and has had four surgeries.
“Just because you’re not conscious doesn’t mean you can’t hear,” Lyndee shared afterward. “So you should talk to your loved ones if you are in that situation. They hear you.”
Meanwhile, her son Steven shared a life lesson: “No matter what, you could wake up one morning, having everything going great, and the next, your life is a mess. So, keep your family close and don’t let them go.”