After one-year-old Marwa Bouchenafa had been in a medically induced coma for nearly two months, her doctors at the La Timone hospital in Marseille, France, were ready to pull the plug and take the infant off life support to prevent further harm and damage.
However, her parents said no to that proposition.
The parents weren’t ready to give up on their daughter, and despite her suffering from a crippling virus known to cause neurological disorders, they fought hard — going as far as taking the case to court in an effort to allow their daughter to remain alive for as long as possible.
The parents also started an online campaign, “Not Without My Marwa,” that would eventually collect over 100,000 signatures.
The doctors felt that even in the unlikely circumstance that Marwa did wake up, they argued that her quality of life would be significantly limited. They said she would likely never walk, would struggle to eat, and never again be able to breathe on her own.
But the parents remained resilient and continued to fight the recommendation of the doctors.
In court, they were able to get a two-month extension. But as it turned out, they didn’t need even half of that time.
Not long after being grated the extension, Marwa woke up and opened her eyes, overcoming all of the odds stacked against her.
Not only did she wake up but according to her mother, Marwa woke with all organs and limbs functioning as they should –despite the doctors warnings of potential physical struggles that she would face.
“Her treatment continues, but we see progress every day and that gives us a lot of hope,” said her father, Mohamed, in an interview with a local news website.
“When I speak to her, she hears my voice, she reacts, sometimes even smiles,” he added.
The couple chronicled the journey and experience on a Facebook page created and dedicated to their daughter. The page still remains active.
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