Woman delivers baby while in a coma, wakes up months later

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TENNESSEE — Sharista Giles was four months pregnant when a car accident left her in a coma in December, according to a Facebook page started for the woman and her baby.

Doctors were forced to deliver the baby prematurely in January; her family says the doctors gave up hope on the 20-year-old.

But on Wednesday, she opened her eyes, Sharista’s aunt told ABC News.

“The doctors were telling us there was nothing else they could do,” said Beverly Giles, 49, of Madisonville, Tennessee. “They already gave up hope. We never gave up. She’s fought this hard.”

The family, not naming the baby while Sharista was still in a coma, nicknamed the boy “Baby L.” He weighed less than two pounds when he was born, but the family says he weighs 6 pounds as of Sunday, April 5.

Sharista has not been able to see her baby in person yet, but was shown of picture of “Baby L.”

“He showed her a picture of her baby, and she followed the picture,” Giles told ABC. “When he turned around to put it back on the bulletin board, she turned her neck, her whole head trying to follow and find the picture again.”

While doctors say it is too soon to know Sharista’s prognosis, the Giles family hopes to bring Baby L to her when he is ready to leave the University of Tennessee’s NICU.


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