British mom recently described how she heard doctors trying to convince her husband to take her off of life support while she was in a coma, the Daily Mirror reported. Doctors thought Jenny Bone, 40, had brain damage after she stopped breathing after having a heart attack. Doctors weren’t sure how long Bone had gone without oxygen, so they thought she might have irreparable brain damage. Even so, they performed a tracheotomy and put Bone on a ventilator.
While Bone was in intensive care, she was placed in a medically induced coma. It was while she was in the coma that Bone overheard doctors telling her husband that he needed to think about end-of-life care for her. Bone’s husband said it was too early to think about pulling the plug, so doctors waited a little while longer.
The extra time saved Bone’s life. While in intensive care she was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system. Though there is no cure for Guillain-Barre syndrome, Bone was treated with intravenous immunoglobulin and plasma, two treatments that have been found effective in helping patients with the illness. The treatments worked and she was able to go home to resume her life as a surveyor and mom of one.
When Jenny Bone was able to tell her husband she heard the end-of-life discussion at the hospital, her husband said that made things that much more “chilling.” The Bones also filed a formal complaint against the hospital where Jenny Bone was treated, according to the Daily Mail. Their complaint says that doctors at the hospital where Jenny was treated ignored the fact that her general practitioner said she might have Guillain-Barre syndrome after she complained of feeling “pins and needles” in her legs before her heart attack.