Doctors had told Jessica Diaz's mother, Eva Diaz, she would never awake from the coma. But now with help, she can cuddle her son Julio Jr. and touch his face. She even gave a television interview on Sunday.
Diaz, then 17, gave birth on Jan. 13, 2002. She could hardly see her newborn because a brain tumor had blinded one eye and obscured vision in the other. But she held her son, named after boyfriend Julio Ortiz, and told him she would be back later to take care of him. Doctors removed
a fast-growing tumor a day after she gave birth. Within 10 minutes of surgery, Jessica became comatose.
KCBS-TV's Jennifer Sabih reports Jessica turned her head after her mother knocked on her hospital room door at Tustin Hospital and Medical Center.
"I just froze," Eva Diaz said, choking back tears. "The nurses came, and I said, 'She turned her head! She moved!' They said, 'Go on, Mom. Go, go.'"
She said she never gave up on her daughter, even when doctors told her Jessica was likely to die from medullablastoma, 울산출장안마
a particularly virulent brain tumor.
Sunday, Jessica was briefly interviewed by Los Angeles television station KCBS. She rolled her eyes for yes when asked if she had been aware of her mother at her bedside.
Doctors said Jessica Diaz probably emerged from the coma because her brain became accustomed to the pressure inside her skull and developed new neurological pathways to make up for ones she lost when half her brain was surgically removed.
They plan to move Jessica to another hospital to get her into aggressive physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Jessica Diaz can lift her arms, but she can't smile, talk or walk. She communicates mostly by rolling her eyes back: once for no, twice for yes.