Edwarda O'Bara slipped into a coma as a teenage high school student back in 1970 and never woke up again. She spent the past 42 years being cared for by her mother and sister until she passed on Wednesday at the age of 59.
According to the Miami Herald, as a teenager O'Bara fell ill and threw up her diabetes medicine. After being rushed to the hospital she slipped into a diabetic coma, but shortly before she asked her mother never to leave her side.
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Kaye O'Bara tended to her daughter in their Miami Gardens home up until her own death five years ago. Her sister, Colleen O'Bara, has been attending to Edwarda ever since.
The family's story inspired Dr. Wayne Dyer to pen the book A Promise Is A Promise: An Almost Unbelievable Story of a Mother's Unconditional Love and What It Can Teach Us, and the family kept an active website. The site was updated after O'Bara's death:
It is with great sadness I inform everyone my sister Edwarda is now with the Lord in Heaven. Yesterday while taking care of Edwarda I noticed her looking directly at me and gave me the biggest smile I had ever seen.
She then closed her eyes and joined my Mom in Heaven.
Funeral services for Edwarda will be held on Tuesday Nov 27 between 6-9pm at Southern Memorial Park 15000 West Dixie Highway, North Miami, FL 3318 and all are welcome to come say goodbye to her.
The church service will be held the following day Wednesday at St. Rose of Lima, 415 NE 105th Street Miami Shores, Florida 33138 at 10:00am.
In lieu of flowers we humbly request a donation to help pay for the funeral. You can make your donation to the Edwarda O'Bara Fund via the PayPal link below this page.
God bless all of you
Mary keep you all safe