Mother-of-two left brain-dead from a heart attack makes a 'miraculous' recovery after she woke up when her life support was unplugged
Michele's heart had given out when she was home with her husband in August, and it was a full 15 minutes before paramedics near their Michigan hometown arrived
Only a few moments after Karl De Leeuw took his near brain-dead wife, Michele off life support, she automatically started breathing herself. And it has been four months since then, but Michele has kept improving her condition, being home and healthy now. It was back in August when Michele suffered a heart attack, and by the time she got to the hospital, doctors thought she only had five percent brain function. They put her on life support, but as soon as the support was turned off, she started breathing all on her own, as reported.
It was quite a miracle, for sure, though Michele did not regain consciousness after starting to breathe without any external support. Doctors, at the time, did not want Karl to raise his hopes too high, and so they made him understand that there might be a chance that even though she was breathing, Michele might not wake up after all.
But as the days went by, slowly and slowly, Michele began to open her eyes, and as she started to recover, she even started to speak, asking for food one time. And soon enough, Michele was all healed and upright, right to the point when she could even feed herself without anyone's help. Karl, for the couple's 26th anniversary, got his wife back from the brink of death. She had fully recovered from the experience and was safely back home with him. But the last four months have been nothing short of an emotional and medical roller coaster for the De Leeuw family.
Michele's heart had given out when she was home with her husband in August, and it was a full 15 minutes before paramedics from Sterling Heights, near their Michigan hometown, were able to reach the De Leeuw's home and resuscitate Michele. When the doctors shared the disparaging news of Michele's medical condition, Karl decided it was time to call the De Leeuw children, daughter Myles and son Jake, to say their goodbyes.
"When my father called me after she was rushed to the hospital ... he felt that she was dead," said Myles. "It was the most earth-shattering phone call of my young life. It was horrible to see my mother on more IVs and tubes than you can ever imagine," she added. Doctors told Karl: "The woman that you know as your wife is not there anymore," he recalled. "I took her off the ventilator. I unplugged her." Myles then said, "When we pulled the plug, it was just so sad to start living with the reality that my mom is dead."
But miraculously, Michele started breathing, and soon, she was moved into hospice care, where, within a week, Michele was sitting up, speaking and feeding herself, on the road to recovery. But the family admitted that Michele's speech was mostly nonsense, and she still was a little disoriented.
Michele had to undergo open heart surgery and lots of speech and physical therapy, after which, she was as good as her old self before the heart attack had happened. "You wouldn’t believe it if you didn’t know what she’s gone through," said Karl, who calls his adorable wife his 'miracle lady.'