A woman whose body was crushed in an accident severely talks about how it is like to be in a coma!
The experience of near death is something that no one wants to feel, not for themselves nor for anyone that is close to them, however, sometimes accidents happen; things we cannot control or avoid and going through the after effect of a serious accident is something not everyone can do. Having a family member in a coma is one of the most difficult things one can go through and it is the one Colleen Kelly Alexander and her family experience! This is one of the saddest story and one the most inspiring ones, so read ahead.
Colleen Kelly Alexander on October 3, 2011, got run over by a truck! Going through such a traumatic experience, it is a miracle that she is still alive! The doctors said that she almost died twice as they were trying to stop the blood loss as her body was torn apart; her bones were crushed! To make the matters worse, she had a brain surgery in 2007 as she was suffering from lupus for many years! Going through all this, she still fought back to survive.
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Colleen was riding her bike back to home from work when she got stuck by a truck. The injury was so great that she ended up in a comma. She was left with her pelvic bone and legs smashed, her arteries ripped, rectum, and vagina, and a brain injury. When the incident happened, Colleen was newlywed. The two times that she almost lost her life, first was for 20 minutes and the second time was for 10 minutes during 48 hours after the incident! To be able to treat her, once she got stabilized, she was put to a coma for five weeks.
The number of surgeries she went under was 29! Now, seven years after the incident, Colleen has published her book called Gratitude in Motion, in which she talked about the details of what she experienced during this five weeks of the medical coma she was in. unlike what people think, she mentioned that she felt like she was trapped in a nightmare and she felt like her body was on fire. This is a part of her story published by the New York Post.
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"Now, if you’ve never been in a coma, I’m going to guess that you think they look like the ones on television: The person is just totally 'out', no signs of awareness. That happens in the rarest of cases. Usually, comas are more like twilight states — hazy, dreamlike things where you don’t have fully formed thoughts or experiences, but you still feel pain and form memories that your brain invents to try to make sense of what’s happening to you. After going into shock and flatlining in the ER, my next memories began once I was in the Surgical Intensive Unit."
"I remember being fully awake but unable to focus on anything; I could feel hands touching my head and comforting me, but I couldn’t move. I heard beeping, dinging, and ticking; I could feel my lungs expand and contract, but had no control over what was happening. As they would do wound changes, they would increase my medications intravenously, which would sedate me further and help manage my pain. My body thought I was being raped and tortured; what was really happening was that the wounds from my anal and vaginal areas, stomach, hips, and leg were being unpacked, cleaned and then repacked."
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"My brain couldn’t understand that they were really helping me. Certain voices were soothing. When my husband would be in the room, I could hear him, but I couldn’t understand his words. Throughout the five-plus weeks, they would bring me in over a dozen times to do various surgeries; when this happened, they would need to wean me off certain medications and make other dosing stronger so I could be completely sedated and paralyzed for surgery. I remember being wheeled down hallways multiple times and seeing a bright runway of lights above me."
"I recall feeling the temperature changing in the halls and operating room with the temperature of my skin and even feeling the little hairs on my cheek move. Sometimes I would fall into a dream/sleep and think I was in a tropical climate; I would long for any sort of water to drink, and felt hot. I recall various places that I “went” through those weeks. Some were filled with family and friends who have died and were as clear as if I was walking with them in the present. I could feel the grass, the sunshine, and their hugs."
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"When the nightmares became dark, I would think I was being brutally assaulted over and over as I cried for mercy. Most of my PTSD from the trauma was not from the actual act of getting run over and remembering every vivid detail; it was from being locked in my body day in and day out, not knowing what was real and what was a dream. To this day, I often depersonalize and question the present. I gaze at my hands and wonder if they are really moving and I am truly alive. When I was finally weaned off the anesthesia, able to breathe on my own and brought back to consciousness, Sean had to tell me I’d been in a coma for a month and a half."
"Most of my lower body was shredded in ways that could never be properly put back together. There were stitches and tubes everywhere; I had withered to skin and bones and every minuscule movement was agony. It was likely I’d never been physically intimate with my husband again. After months of this, I hit a point where I wasn’t sure I wanted to live anymore. What began to pull me through was a speech I’d heard by Nobel Prize laureate Jody Williams. In it, she said, 'Emotion without action is irrelevant."
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