Michigan woman set to celebrate her first Mother’s Day at home since emerging from 5-year coma


Dowagiac, Michigan – For Peggy Means, every Mother's Day had been another day without her daughter, Jennifer Flewellen, who was seriously injured in a car accident in 2017 at the age of 35.

Flewellen, Means' only daughter, was in a coma with virtually no chance of ever coming out, doctors told her. And yet Means refused to let them pull the plug, a decision he said he “never” questioned.

“I couldn't let her go,” Means told CBS News.

One by one, Means' friends stopped visiting. Even her husband got on with his life. However, almost every day, Means was there to comfort and care for Flewellen. Means was always talking to her, as if Flewellen could understand, which of course she couldn't.

Until one day, in August 2022, he could.

He started with a laugh. Jennifer had been off life support, but was still in a coma, when her mother said something funny, and that was it. A year later, Flewellen returned home.

Although he still can't walk and struggles to speak, his mind is sharp and his heart is full of joy.

Jennifer loves visiting with her children.

As for Peggy, the mom who made these moments possible, this Mother's Day may be the best one ever, because while she won't be getting flowers or candy, Jennifer can now muster the words that matter most and pronounce them with the utmost sincerity. as they have ever spoken.

“I love my mom,” Jennifer said.


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