Woman wakes up from coma AFTER SEVEN YEARS
Doctors are amazed by patient’s response to treatment
AWOMAN who went into a coma following a traumatic labour seven years ago has startled doctors by waking up. Danijela Kovacevic gave birth to a baby girl in 2009 and went into a coma after contracting blood poisoning.
The 25-year-old, from Indjija in the province of Vojvodina in the northern part of Serbia, gave birth to her daughter Marija, in the hospital in the city of Novi Sad. But she contracted sepsis and because of the inflammation, fell into a coma and since then had remained in a vegetative state but with her eyes open.
It is reported that she is the longest survivor of being in that type of coma in the country but doctors have been left astounded as she has awoken and has started to slowly respond to treatment.
Doctors say she can now hold a tablet and pen in her hand, as well as sit up and follow conversations.
Her dad, Djordje Kovacevic, says, “These are minor recoveries but Danijela is much better than before. She has put on weight and is more aware of her surroundings. She reacts, smiles and also gets angry.”
FUNDS NEEDED FOR REHAB
Danijela is doing physical and specialist speech therapies that stimulate the function of brain cells at a rehabilitation centre in Germany.
The family needs a further €50 000 (about R700 000) for her treatment to continue.
Her dad says, “A recovery of three months is really short. A man who breaks an arm needs more than three months of recovery. Imagine how much time my daughter needs. “This is because it is like teaching a child to do certain things. She had very hard training. She walked 800m and that is a big achievement.”
Friends and family have started a collection for Danijela’s treatment but her father fears it will not be enough.
“They organised a competition in taekwondo and all the money they gathered was for Danijela’s recovery but we need €50 000 (about R700 000) more for her treatment,” says Djordje.