Baby Awakens From Coma Moments Before Life Support Was Turned Off
Entertainment| | By David Clarke
In September 2016, 1-year-old Marwa — who is a twin — was sent to the local hospital. It was discovered that she had a life-threatening virus that, and if not treated properly, it would cause major neurological disorders. She was placed in a medically-induced coma so that doctors could try to fix the situation. They used aggressive therapy, but it failed to yield the results the doctors wanted. Marwa’s medical team told her parents that the situation was turning grim at a fast pace, and the best solution for them would be to take the child off life support. If Marwa were to somehow awaken from the coma, she would have the immense hardship of not being able to eat, breathe, or walk properly for the remainder of her life. The parents refused to throw in the towel despite Marwa’s dire situation, so they decided to turn to the internet for some help. They opened a Facebook page called Jamais sans Marwa (or “Not Without My Marwa,” in English) to get some support to overrule the doctor’s decision. The tactic paid off. The Facebook page grew to over 30,000 likes, and people from around the world who learned about Marwa’s tragic story helped the parents gain 115,000 signatures on their Change.org petition — which asked for another month before pulling the plug on their daughter. Due to budgetary issues at the hospital, the doctors were forced to take her off life support within a week of the petition’s peak. But just 10 days after the decision was made to keep Marwa at the La Timone Hopsital in Marseille, France for a little while longer, she woke up and smiled to the surprise of everyone in the hospital. Her father shared the video on the Facebook page, which went viral. While doctors originally said that Marwa wouldn’t be functioning properly upon waking up, her mother stated that all of her organs worked just fine. When asked about Marwa, her father said, “When I talk to her, she hears my voice. She reacts. Sometimes, she smiles.” Currently, her condition is improving by the day, and the doctors are doing their best to make sure that she can finally leave with her parents. While the costs for the hospital and lawyers are high, a close friend of the family opened up a crowdfunding campaign to help raise funds for the family. Situations like this can sometimes end in heartbreak, but for Marwa, it offered her a new lease on life.