Florida woman in COVID-19 coma wakes up on day family planned to pull life support


Bettina Lerman (not pictured) fell ill during a trip to Maine in September. Her family said they were buying a stele when they heard she woke up from a coma. (Beautiful pictures)

PORTLAND, Maine (WFLA) – A Florida woman’s COVID-19 recovery is being called a miracle after she awoke from a coma the same day her family attempted to pull her out of life support.

Bettina Lerman, 69, contracted the virus in September during a visit to Maine, WMTW reported. Bettina’s son, Andrew Lerman, said she had an underlying health condition and planned to get vaccinated before contracting COVID-19.

The virus ravaged her lungs, leading doctors to believe she would not survive. At the time of the decision to discontinue life support, Bettina had been on a ventilator for more than a month.

With her chances of survival looking slim, Andrew said his family has begun planning a funeral. They were even buying a stele on October 29 when Bettina’s doctor called to say she was awake.

“I literally dropped my phone. I was like? I mean because we were supposed to end life support on that day,” Andrew told WMTW.

Bettina also has memories of people talking to her in a coma but is unable to respond to them, Andrew added.

Andrew and Bettina, who live in Tavares, Florida, were in Maine when Bettina got sick. Follow CNN.

Andrew, his wife and father were also infected with COVID-19, but recovered from their symptoms.

A hospital spokesman said Bettina remained in serious condition, but Andrew said his mother had no organ failure, CNN reported. In fact, he says no one can explain his mother’s recovery.

“So they can’t be medically explained,” he said. “Perhaps it is on the religious side. I don’t follow that religion, but I’m starting to believe that something helped her. I do not know.”

As of Wednesday, Bettina is said to be able to move her arms and breathe on her own for several hours on oxygen support. Doctors are now focused on putting her in rehabilitation and rebuilding the muscle strength she lost during her coma.

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