Woman wakes up from five-year coma thanks to her mom's joke

Tuesday, 06/02/2024, 22:41 (GMT+7)

After waking up from a five-year coma, a daughter laughed at one of her mother's jokes, leaving her shocked. 

A woman wakes up from a coma lasting five years after a single joke from her mother. 

The unbelievable story is about Jennifer Flewellen, who comes from Niles, Michigan. She was involved in a devastating car crash on September 25, 2017, which left her in a coma at the age of 35.

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A woman wakes up from her five-year coma after nodding in response to her mother's joke. Image Credit: WNDU 16 News Now

Jennifer remained in a comatose state for nearly five years after the accident. However, on August 25, 2022, she suddenly woke up with her mother, Peggy Means, by her side.

The horrific car crash in September 2017 left Jennifer coma for five years

The accident occurred when Jennifer was driving along the M139 in Niles and collided with a utility pole. 

After the accident, Paramedics found her unconscious and quickly took her to the hospital, where she slipped into a coma. At the time, doctors had little hope for her recovery.

Peggy Means, Jennifer's mother, shared with WNDU that medical professionals had never expected her daughter to wake up.

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During an interview with PEOPLE, Means shares that her daughter showed signs of waking up from her five-year coma when she responded to her joke with laughter. Image Credit: WNDU 16 News Now

According to the doctor, Jennifer was diagnosed with anoxia and with brain damage, she'll never wake up, and show never says never. 

Jennifer suddenly wakes up from a five-year coma, leaving doctors shocked, thanks to her mom's joke

Jennifer miraculously regained consciousness, nearly five years later, just after her mother shared a joke with her. Peggy realized that her daughter was beginning to wake up when Jennifer responded with laughter.

Initially, Peggy was startled by her daughter's unexpected laughter, as it was something she had never experienced before. However, she soon realized that this laughter marked a significant turning point in Jennifer's recovery. Peggy expressed her overwhelming joy, stating, "Every dream came true. Today's the day I said, 'That door that was closed, that kept us apart, had just opened. We were back.'"

Though Jennifer did not fully awaken as a result of the joke, as she was still unable to speak, Peggy noticed her daughter

 Jennifer's limited response after waking up, unable to speak

Since then, Jennifer has been steadily growing stronger. In October of last year, she even attended her son's football game—a significant milestone in her journey to recovery.

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Means said that although her daughter couldn't speak yet after a five-year coma. Image Credit: WNDU 16 News Now

Peggy remains hopeful that her daughter will regain the ability to speak and walk again soon. In light of the ongoing medical expenses required for Jennifer's rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and future care, the family has started a GoFundMe campaign.

The GoFundMe campaign aims to raise funds for a handicap van, which will facilitate Jennifer's transportation to appointments and therapy sessions, allowing her to re-engage with the world after years of confinement to a bed. Additionally, the family plans to make Jennifer's home more accessible, with a bathroom remodel being the first priority. 

As she continues her remarkable journey towards recovery, the community stands united, rallying behind Jennifer and her family during this challenging time.