- A 69-year-old woman in a coma woke up just hours before her family considered ending her life support.
- The woman, Bettina Lerman, had contracted COVID-19 in September and was connected to a ventilator.
- Doctors told her family that she had suffered “irreversible damage” and would not wake up.
A woman who had been on a ventilator for more than a month woke up from a coma just hours before her family planned to end her life support.
Bettina Lerman, 69, unvaccinated against the coronavirus, was connected to a ventilator at Maine Medical Center in Portland after testing positive for the virus in September. His son Andrew Lerman told local ABC affiliate WMTW News that she had underlying health issues, such as
On October 29, family members were to end his life support.
“They told us, ‘Your mother will never wake up,'” her son Andrew Lerman said. the Washington Post. “It was the end of the line.”
Hospital staff also told family members that Lerman suffered “irreversible damage” from contracting COVID-19, CNN reported.
But with only a few hours before unplugging Lerman’s life support, she suddenly woke up. Andrew got a call from a doctor at the hospital while he was choosing a gravestone for his mother, he told WMTW.
“He said, ‘Well, I need you to come to the hospital right away. I say to myself: What? Something is wrong ? He said, ‘Well, your mother just woke up.’ I literally dropped the phone. I was like what? I mean because we were supposed to end life support that day, ”Andrew told WMTW.
Lerman is from Florida but had traveled to Maine to care for Andrew’s father, a man with cancer who also tested positive for the coronavirus in September. All three were unvaccinated, WMTW reported. Lerman had planned to get the vaccine before his trip to Maine, but “ran out of time,” Andrew said.
Lerman is able to breathe on her own, Andrew said, according to WMTW. And she is considering getting the coronavirus vaccine. But her condition is still “serious,” a hospital spokesperson told CNN.
“We give him words of encouragement every day. We tell him to keep fighting,” Andrew told WMTW.
A GoFundMe page set up by Lerman’s family to help raise funds for his medical care has so far exceeded $ 5,000.