Broke A World Record
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Two people have broken a world record while in a persistent vegetative state, namely the record for the longest time spent in a persistent vegetative state.
The first was Chicago-born Elaine Esposito, who fell into a coma at age six in August 1941 after undergoing a routine operation to remove her appendix. Despite a bleak diagnosis from doctors, the girl lived a further 37 years, three months, and 20 days. She died as a Guinness World Record holder in November 1978.
Esposito’s record stood for nearly three decades until it was broken by Edwarda O’Bara, who had fallen into a diabetic coma as a high school student in January 1970. A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, O’Bara survived both of her parents before dying in November 2012. She had been asleep for 42 years—said to be longer than anyone else in history.
I sure hope these families had some good health insurance, because I know the hospital bill must have been astronomical!
Coffee outside because the rain has cooled things off a bit.