A mother of three children died this week after being in a coma for over two decades. Bernadette Jones went into a coma after being beaten by her drunken husband. Her family kept her alive in the basement of their home in Buffalo, hoping for a miracle.
Patrick Guiteau, the woman’s father, brought the girl home eight months after her attack and kept her on life support for the entire time. Her children even got into bed with their mother. The family’s struggle for healthcare coverage for their daughter showed nothing less than the utmost love for their child.
The woman’s husband was born in Haiti, and the family worked hard to have him deported. They found out that he was in the country illegally, which led to his deportation. Bernadette lived for two decades, dealing with a series of infections and other medical problems until she finally died at the age of 51.
“Her body finally ran out of gas,” said her father.
The woman’s 70-year old father spent everything he had providing for his daughter and didn’t want her institutionalized for any reason.
“We didn’t even have a bathroom down there,” he said. “A friend built one. We weren’t going to let her end up in a nursing home. She wouldn’t have lasted. We always believed that at some level, she was conscious, though there were no words or laughter.”
They said that the woman even showed some signs of consciousness, like opening her left eye when hearing her father’s voice and even moving her arms on occasion.
“She had her own way of letting us know she was here. She’d huff or her nose would flare,” said Bernadette’s son Patrick. He was just four years old when his mother went into a coma. He is now a 25-year old man.
“We know she would have expired a long time ago if she had not come home to live with us,” said Patrick. “We know she’s gone home to God and to her mother and wow, that’s a plus.”