42 Years In a Coma: Edwarda O'Bara Dies At 59 [VIDEO]

By IScience Times Staff Reporter on November 23, 2012 4:40 PM EST

Edwarda and Colleen O'Bara
Edwarda and Colleen O'Bara (Photo: Facebook/ Colleen O'Bara)

After 42 years in a coma, a woman who found fans throughout the globe died on Wednesday in her Miami Gardens home. She was 59.

Inspiring a book by Dr. Wayne Dyer called "A Promise Is A Promise,"  Edwarda O'Bara, a mild diabetic, was rushed to the hospital in 1970 at 16-years-old when she woke up shaking because she hadn't gotten enough insulin into her blood stream. Going in and out of consciousness at the hospital, O'Bara turned to her mother, Kaye, and said: "Promise you won't leave me. Will you, Mommy?"

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"Of course not," her mother responded. "I would never leave you, darling, I promise. And a promise is a promise!" No more words were spoken between the mother and daughter because O'Bara soon fell into a coma.

Kaye O'Bara decided she would keep her promise to her daughter and not end her life. She started a website, prayed by her bedside and found fans throughout the world. She was determined not to institutionalize her daughter, instead watching and tending to her seven days a week, almost 24 hours a day.

Kaye O'Bara died five years ago, but Edwarda's sister, Colleen, didn't stop caring for her. Nevertheless, Colleen told The Miami Herald: "I think [when my mother died she] said, 'Come on, let's go.'"

After Dr. Dyer wrote his book, visitors from around world came to the O'Baras' Miami Gardens home to see and pray for Edwarda. "I had to learn you let strangers in," Colleen said, "because they aren't strangers."

"She taught me so much, and I'm talking about now, after she was in the coma," Colleen continued. "She taught me so much about unconditional love that I couldn't say I had it before. She taught me about patience, that I didn't have before. I learned so much from taking care of my sister. It's like I grew up overnight."

Watch Kaye with Edwarda on "Inside Edition" here...

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