This story needs to be remembered. When Edwarda O’Bara was 16 years old, she slipped into a coma after a becoming sick from her diabetes medicine. Just before losing consciousness, Edwarda asked her mother not to leave her. And for nearly 40 years she never did. Edwarda’s mother and father cared for her. They read to her, played her music, made she was turned every two hours, bathed her, gave her insulin and provided nourishment through a feeding tube.
Edwarda slipped into her coma in 1970. Her father and mother took care of her until 1976 when her father died. Her mother cared for her until 2008 when she died. Edwarda lived four years longer than her mother and was cared for by her sister for the last four years. Edwarda passed away last week.