WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A family in Maine was getting ready to pull their mom off life support when she suddenly woke up.
- Bettina Lerman had been in a coma for 60 days battling COVID-19.
- The 69-year-old woman’s family family was preparing for her death and had started picking out a gravestone.
Bettina Lerman spent 60 days on a ventilator with COVID-19 and doctors said that she wasn’t going to make it. Her son Andrew Lerman and his family were preparing for her death. They had started picking out a gravestone, planning what she would wear for the funeral, canceled her lease and donated her belongings.
When they were ready to pull her off life support, Bettina woke up.
“They told us, ‘Your mother is never going to wake up,’ ” Andrew told The Washington Post. “It was the end of the line.”
But on Oct. 29, a doctor at her hospital in Portland, Maine, called Andrew.
“He goes, ‘Well I need you to come up to the hospital right away.’ I’m like, ‘What? Is something wrong?’ He goes, ‘Well your mother just woke up.’ I literally dropped the phone. I was like, ‘What?’ I mean, because we were supposed to be terminating life support that day,” Andrew told WMTW News.
Bettina was unvaccinated and had multiple preexisting conditions, including diabetes, and had recently undergone a quadruple-bypass surgery. All these conditions made her COVID-19 illness more severe. She lives in Florida but had been up in Maine to help Andrew care for his father, who has stage 4 cancer. All three of them contracted COVID-19.
Andrew is also unvaccinated, and said the virus was “brutal” for him, while his father recovered quickly. But Bettina had the worst illness of the three.
“She was planning on getting vaccinated before she left Florida, but she ran out of time,” Andrew told the Post. “She was going to get vaccinated up here, but she came down with COVID.”
Doctors said that Bettina’s lungs “were destroyed” and “thought there was no chance of survival at that point,” Andrew said. But she’s now out of the intensive care unit and slowly improving, though she still needs some oxygen support.
The family has started a GoFundMe page to help with the hospital bills.
Andrew and Bettina also plan on getting vaccinated.
“I think the right thing to do is to get vaccinated, so if one of our family members gets it again it won’t be that bad,” he told WMTW.