Maine woman with COVID-19 wakes up a day before doctors planned to take her off the ventilator :: – Community News

Maine woman with COVID-19 wakes up a day before doctors planned to take her off the ventilator ::

A Maine woman who was on a ventilator for 60 days after contracting COVID-19 was just a day away from having life support turned off when she suddenly woke up.

Andrew Lerman said his mother, Bettina Lerman, 69, tested positive for the virus in September.

Lerman said his mother had not been vaccinated and had underlying health conditions, including diabetes.

He said his mother had been in a coma for more than a month and said her doctors were convinced she wouldn’t make it.

Lerman said the family had arranged the funeral and were in the process of buying a headstone when he got a call from her doctor.

“He says, ‘Well, I want you to come to the hospital right away.’ I’m like, What? Is something wrong?” He says, “Well, your mother just woke up.” I literally dropped the phone. I was like, what? I mean because we were going to end the ventilator that day,” Lerman said.

Lerman said he and his wife were rushed to the hospital.

“We asked her, do you remember someone talking to you and coming to you? And she shook her head yes. So even though she couldn’t respond, even though she was in a coma, she knew people were coming to see her,” Lerman said.

Lerman said his mother is not out of the woods yet, but said she is able to breathe on her own with some oxygen support.

“We give her encouraging words every day. We tell her to keep fighting,” Lerman said.

Lerman said his mother has plans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“I think the right thing to do is get vaccinated, so if one of our relatives gets it again, it won’t be that bad,” Lerman said.

Lerman said people with relatives hospitalized with COVID-19 should not give up hope.

The family has created a GoFundMe page to raise money to pay for her medical care.

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