Woman wakes from 7-month coma, defying doctors' predictions of death

by Laura Mize · Dec 31st, 2019 11:39 am

Last Updated Dec 31st, 2019 at 4:16 pm

Seven months into a mysterious coma, 31-year-old Kertisha Brabson awoke, defying predictions by some of her doctors who had said she was brain dead and should be taken off life support.

Brabson, an Ohio mother of two, slipped into a coma last year after exhibiting strange behaviors and suffering a seizure. Doctors diagnosed her with Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, an immune disorder where the body attacks specific types of brain cells.

Some advised her mother to take Brabson off life support, but she resisted. Brabson woke in April 2019 and spent this holiday season home with her family. An Ohio State University physician who treated Brabson after a transfer to the university's hospital says she is optimistic about the woman's chances for a normal, healthy life.


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