Photos: World’s Longest Coma Patient Dies After 42 Years In Coma


Edwarda O’Bara was a high school student in 1970 when she fell ill, threw up her medicine and slipped into a diabetic coma at the age of 14. She died on Wednesday in Miami at the age of 59, after spending four decades in a 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.

Her family ( her sister Colleen and mother) stayed by her side, caring for the ailing woman and keeping her company for the past 42 years.

May her soul rest in peace…amen! More photos when you continue

Always by her side
Always by her side: Then 77-year-old Kaye O’Bara (pictured in May 2005) was a constant companion to her daughter Edwarda O’Bara, then 52
A promise is a promise
The mother was presented with a medal from the Catholic Church, the highest honor a layperson can receive, for her diligent care