Teen Says She Remembers Being in a Coma: 'I Would Hear Conversations Around Me'
A teenage girl says she has vivid memories from when she was in a coma.
Claire Wineland, who has cystic fibrosis, was put into a coma for two weeks when she came down with an infection.
While in the coma, the 18-year-old says she could hear conversations around her and had wild, vivid dreams. In one, she was strapped to a giant underwater Ferris wheel.
“I was freezing cold,” she told INSIDE EDITION.
It turns out that doctors were actually applying ice packs to her body because her temperature was skyrocketing.
In another dream, she felt as if she was hanging off the edge of a balcony.
“I guess that was when I was upside down in the real world,” she said.
Doctors had placed her feet higher than her head to reduce brain swelling.
Medical staff had given her just a one percent chance of survival and told her family that she wouldn’t be able to hear them speaking to her – but Claire says that she could.
“The biggest thing for me was the conversation I would hear and really think I was talking back to them,” she told INSIDE EDITION.
Her mom added: “I was blown away because it was completely opposite of what the doctors were telling us.”
When Claire heard her parents speak, she says she dreamed of a beautiful landscape.
“It was really quiet and comforting,” she said.
She eventually awoke from the coma after two weeks.
Claire, who has endured more than 35 surgeries, has since been sharing her experiences on her popular YouTube channel.
Of one dream, she told her YouTube viewers: “I've never been to Alaska but for some reason while I was asleep I kept going to Alaska and it was so beautiful.”
She hopes that sharing her experiences of living through a coma will help other who are going through the same thing.
“There's a bunch of families who have people or friends in comas and they are like, ‘Oh my gosh that's what it's like,’” she explained.
For more information about her foundation, visit the website.
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