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‘Comatose since Christmas 1969: a tale of unconditional love and miracles’

Catholic World News - December 24, 2012

Edwarda O’Bara, who lived in a comatose state for nearly 43 years, died recently at her home in Florida at the age of 59.

O’Bara, who fell into a diabetic coma at the age of 16, was surrounded by the care of a loving family, including her late mother, who corresponded with Pope John Paul II and said that the Blessed Mother appeared to her. Some who visited Edwarda reported being healed of diseases.

Others, however, wanted O’Bara dead. CNN reported:

The Hemlock Society phoned often, pleading with the mother to let her daughter die. The day after Christmas in 1981, someone called to say he was going to put Edwarda out of her misery. A few hours later, three bullets were fired into the home. No one was hurt.

“I will cherish the big smile and the twinkle in her eyes Edwarda gave me right before she went to join all the angels in heaven,” said her sister, who served as Edwarda’s primary caregiver after their mother’s death in 2008. “That is what helps me make it through each day. My sister taught me so much about unconditional love and patience.”

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