Teen Explains Exactly What It's Like Being In a Coma -- Yes, She Could Hear You! (VIDEO)

No parent wants to think about their child being seriously ill. But discovering that being in a medically induced coma doesn't mean the patient can't hear or experience thoughts might be of some comfort should you find yourself facing that difficult circumstance. One teen is opening up on her experiences being in a medically induced coma, and what she has to say may surprise you.


Claire Wineland has cystic fibrosis. The recent high school graduate spent two weeks in a medically induced coma after contracting blood sepsis. When she was brought out of the coma, she had some very interesting things to say about what she remembers from her time in the in-between. Besides being aware of what people in the room were saying, her brain created sometimes wild explanations to explain what her body was hearing or feeling. When friends and family came to visit, the closer she was with the person, the more comforting her thoughts were. When her body was packed in ice, Wineland imagined herself on a long excision in frigid Alaska, surrounded by nature.

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Wineland is speaking out about her own coma in hopes of both educating people about the experience and spreading awareness of what life is like living with a chronic illness. Here's her story in her own enthusiastic words: 

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While the dreams and thoughts Wineland describes are vivid and interesting, being in a medically induced coma still isn't something you'd wish to happen to yourself or someone you love. Given the choice between a weekend at the spa and being placed in a coma, obviously, the mud bath and massage win out every time. Still, it's reassuring to know that if the situation were to happen to ourselves or someone we love, not only can they hear us, they may be experiencing some pretty exciting dreams. It's also reassuring to know that those we love can hear us, and from Wineland's words, having a good attitude when in the hospital room can have a positive effect on their thoughts.

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Cystic fibrosis is a difficult condition. But Wineland's bubbly personality and energy do more than give doctors valuable information about what it's like to be in a coma to use for new medical advances. She's also showing us how those with chronic illness are so much more than their conditions.


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