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Goodnight 'Snow White': Longest Coma Patient Ever Passes Away: Mom and Sister Never Left Her Side
The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11/23/12 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 11/24/2012 6:59:56 AM PST by marshmallow

Edwarda O'Bara was a popular 16-year-old when she fell into a diabetic coma after a bout with pneumonia in 1970

Her last words to her mother, Kaye, were 'promise you won't leave me'

The woman's father died in 1977 from a heart attack, brought on by the grueling schedule of caring for Edwarda

Her mother stayed by her daughter's side until Kaye passed away at the age of 80 in 2008

O'Bara's sister, Colleen, stepped in to offer full time care for Edwarda 'She closed her eyes and joined my mom in Heaven,' Colleen said about Edward's passing on Wednesday at the age of 59

The world's longest coma patient, a Miami woman who had been called the 'Sleeping Snow White' during the 42 years she remained comatose, has died at the age of 59.

Edwarda O'Bara was a cheery high school student in 1970 when she suddenly fell ill, threw up her medicine and slipped into a diabetic coma.

But before she became comatose she turned to her mother and pleaded with her to 'promise ... you won't leave me.'

Her mother stayed true to her word, enduring a grueling schedule to constantly stay near her daughter until the mother died five years ago and the woman's sister became her primary care giver - until Edwarda passed away on Wednesday.

As a popular 16-year-old, Edwarda had a bright future ahead of her but then she became ill with a severe bout of pneumonia.

In the early hours of January 3 in 1970, she 'woke up shaking and in great pain because the oral form of insulin she had been taking wasn't reaching her blood stream,' according to her family.

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1 posted on 11/24/2012 7:00:03 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

May she rest in peace, may her sister finally live her own life to the fullest.


2 posted on 11/24/2012 7:06:06 AM PST by Venturer
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To: marshmallow

That’s love! Thanks for sharing the story.


3 posted on 11/24/2012 7:14:07 AM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: marshmallow

Beautiful story.... Thanks for posting it...


4 posted on 11/24/2012 7:15:24 AM PST by Popman
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To: marshmallow

Shades of Terry Schiavo! Minus the mean-spirited people, of course. In Florida, too!


5 posted on 11/24/2012 7:29:16 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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The Edwarda O'Bara Story


6 posted on 11/24/2012 9:08:21 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: marshmallow

May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

 
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7 posted on 11/24/2012 9:09:29 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Oops, forgot to change that to ‘her’ soul.


8 posted on 11/24/2012 9:11:55 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: marshmallow

An inspiring story, a true profiles in courage.


9 posted on 11/24/2012 9:21:39 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: marshmallow
Nice story. Poor father and mother lost their lives (father through heart attack and mother through sitting in a hospital room for basically her life) until the woman died. I wonder how the diabetes started? I hope it was not self induces through bad habits.
10 posted on 11/24/2012 12:50:39 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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12 posted on 11/24/2012 1:49:39 PM PST by narses
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what devotion and love. Thank you for sharing this precious story.


13 posted on 11/24/2012 3:08:51 PM PST by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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“I hope it was not self induces through bad habits. “

Very very highly unlikely at 16 years of age.


14 posted on 11/24/2012 3:19:54 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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