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#1 Hum

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 23:33

Edwarda O’Bara, who spent more than four decades in a coma in her Miami Gardens home, always cared for by her mother, then by her sister, and who inspired a book and garnered a devoted following across the globe, has died. She was 59.

She died Wednesday morning, her family said, five years after the death of her mother, who had remained at Edwarda’s side since she slipped into a coma.

“I think my mother said, ‘Come on, let’s go,’?” sister Colleen O’Bara said.

Edwarda O’Bara was a teenage high school student who wanted to be a pediatrician when in 1970 she fell ill, throwing up her diabetic medicine.

Her family rushed her to the hospital, where she slipped into a diabetic coma. Before losing consciousness, Edwarda asked her mother, Kaye O’Bara, to never leave her side.

Kaye O’Bara promised, and kept her word.

Edwarda returned to the family’s Miami Gardens home, and her family never left her side. She was turned every two hours to keep away bedsores, given insulin and fed through a tube.

She was read to, had music played for her, and constantly had company.

Her father, Joe O’Bara, died in 1976. After his death, Kaye O’Bara continued to care for Edwarda, always saying she was a blessing, not a burden, no matter the piling debts and difficulties.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 00:14

Edwarda O’Bara, who spent more than four decades in a coma in her Miami Gardens home, always cared for by her mother, then by her sister, and who inspired a book and garnered a devoted following across the globe, has died. She was 59.

She died Wednesday morning, her family said, five years after the death of her mother, who had remained at Edwarda’s side since she slipped into a coma.

“I think my mother said, ‘Come on, let’s go,’?” sister Colleen O’Bara said.

Edwarda O’Bara was a teenage high school student who wanted to be a pediatrician when in 1970 she fell ill, throwing up her diabetic medicine.

Her family rushed her to the hospital, where she slipped into a diabetic coma. Before losing consciousness, Edwarda asked her mother, Kaye O’Bara, to never leave her side.

Kaye O’Bara promised, and kept her word.

Edwarda returned to the family’s Miami Gardens home, and her family never left her side. She was turned every two hours to keep away bedsores, given insulin and fed through a tube.

She was read to, had music played for her, and constantly had company.

Her father, Joe O’Bara, died in 1976. After his death, Kaye O’Bara continued to care for Edwarda, always saying she was a blessing, not a burden, no matter the piling debts and difficulties.

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As a medical professional, all I can say is what an evil selfish family.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 00:18

What? Why? For keeping her alive and not removing the feeding tubes to starve their daughter to death?

When euthanasia becomes a legal option across the globe you can make comments like that.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 00:24

five years after the death of her mother, who had remained at Edwarda’s side since she slipped into a coma.

“I think my mother said, ‘Come on, let’s go,’?” sister Colleen O’Bara said.
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ya,that's gotta be it.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 00:31

So her mother and sister's lives have been more or less ruined because of the home care of this person. a couple of years would have made sense, but she should have been in an institution long since and been taken care of by professionals so her family could have gone on with their lives.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:20

Her family rushed her to the hospital, where she slipped into a diabetic coma. Before losing consciousness, Edwarda asked her mother, Kaye O’Bara, to never leave her side.

Kaye O’Bara promised, and kept her word.


Sometimes people are honor bound to keep their commitments. I salute this mother for doing her duty.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 03:53

As a medical professional, all I can say is what an evil selfish family.


wow ... I would feel selfish (if i had anyway of knowing ) of keeping them there .... imagine how odd it must of been seeing her grow into a woman :/ scary thoughts



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