Three months ago, Sharista Giles gave birth to her first child, a premature, 2-pound baby boy.
But it wasn't until this week that Giles learned of her new status as a mother: At the time of her son's birth, Giles had been in a coma for over a month.
In December, the 20-year-old was involved in a serious car accident that left her comatose.
She was five months pregnant at the time.
Though her baby miraculously survived the crash, Giles own prognosis was grim.
Her mother, Beverly, said,
The doctors were telling us there was nothing else they could do. The already gave up hope. We never gave up.
On Wednesday, the Giles family got the call they'd all been praying for: Sharista was awake.
Though not fully cognizant, Giles was able to communicate by blinking and squeezing her parents' hands. They decided to tell her she'd had her child, who they'd nicknamed “Baby L.”
[Sharista's father] showed her a picture of the baby, and she followed the picture. When he turned around to put it back on the bulletin board, she turned her neck, her whole head trying to follow the picture again.
It seems that, on some level, she understood the significance of the photograph.
Though Giles' prognosis still remains unclear, she defied the odds every step of the way thus far -- we can't help but feel as though her story will have a happy ending.
We send our best wishes to the Giles family during this time.