– 31-year-old Lauren Chase wrote her husband a love note, and then plane she was flying on fell out of the sky and crash landed in a garden
– She suffered a severe brain injury and was left paralyzed
– Doctors say she would be in a vegetative state for the rest of her life. Her husband only prays for a miracle
“Taking off, I love you,” Lauren wrote her husband before a plane crash that left her with such a severe brain injury, doctors have said she'd be in a vegetative state for the rest of her life.
The pilot of that plane was her father-in-law – experienced pilot who has been flying for more than 30 years – but suddenly the cowling which covers the engine popped open and the plane “fell out of the sky”. No one else was seriously hurt in the accident, except for Lauren.
Thirty minutes after David Chase, her husband, received a text message from wife his younger sister Lydia (she also was on board) called him to say there had been an accident and Mrs Chase had been hurt badly.
When Mr Chase arrived, doctors told him his wife's condition was severe and it was likely she would be in a vegetative state for the rest of her life. They predicted she would be unable to walk or talk again.
“I was devastated. I didn't realize until I got to the hospital how bad her condition would be,” he said. “We've been together for 12 years and I knew the moment I met her that she was the woman I was going to marry so it was really hard news to take.”
In the past seven months, Mrs Chase has been near death five times but has fought against doctors' dire expectations every time. She became responsive and was able to make small hand movements, blink, give thumbs up and answer questions about her discomfort and well-being.
But over the past month Lauren’s health became worse, so now her family is only praying for a miracle.
Her heartbroken husband, who has set up a permanent vigil at Mrs Chase's bedside where he reads to her and talks to her and holds her hand, said: “We don't want to put her through anything else so we've decided to quit intervening with medication and surgery and leave it in God's hands.”