Mum wakes from 3-year coma and discovers daughter's rare disease
The New Paper
By Judith Tan
SINGAPORE - One minute she was taking a break after giving a client a massage.
The next, she was waking up in the hospital - three years later.
"I could not speak and I had no recollection of who I was or how I got here in the first place. I didn't even remember my four children," former masseuse Mona Lisa Sabadah, now 37, said.
The single mother was told that she had suffered an aneurysm in the brain that ruptured, causing her to collapse.
"Just before that happened, I had undergone a bad divorce and was fighting for custody of my four children.
"I was highly stressed," she said.
An aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in the blood vessel. If it ruptures, it can lead to severe haemorrhage and other complications, including sudden death.
Ms Mona was taken to the National University Hospital, where the surgeon had to cut a piece of her skull to relieve the swelling of the brain.
She was in intensive and critical care for about four months before she was transferred to a nursing home in Chai Chee, all this while remaining in a coma.
"Money became tight and my family could not afford to pay $600 a month for my stay there, so after a few months, I was transferred to Ren Ci Hospital in December 2008 until I awoke in 2010," she said.
Rehabilitation and restoring Ms Mona's memories were slow and painful processes.