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October 19, 2013

Mother urges other expectant mothers to get flu shots

Rhoads survives near-death H1N1 scare


The doctors had told Megan’s family that if she came out of the coma, she would probably be on oxygen the rest of her life.

For the first several days, Megan was totally unresponsive. But one day, as her father and his friend were praying by her side, she opened her eyes. “She looked straight at us both and the doctor’s just couldn’t believe it,” he said.

When Megan came to, she said she was afraid to hold her son. “She didn’t want to hold him, and at the time, it was really upsetting to us,” said Glenda. “But now I realize, she was afraid. She was afraid she couldn’t take care of him.”

Because she had been in a coma for nearly a month, Megan had lost all of her muscle tone in her arms and legs.

She spent almost a month in a rehabilitation center where she had to learn to walk all over again.

“It was hard,” said Megan. “But I wanted out of there. I wanted to be home with my kids.”

Now, nearly three years later Megan has made a nearly complete recovery. “There are a few things I have trouble remembering sometimes and my family has told me about everything that happened when I was in a coma and in the hospital,” said Megan.

In fact, throughout Megan’s miraculous journey, her family kept a journal detailing every procedure done, every change in her condition and their thoughts as she fought for her life.

As a result of Megan’s H1N1 struggle, her low oxygen levels left Kian without the oxygen he needed long enough to cause some birth defects. “Kian has cerebral palsy,” said Megan. She said doctors are unsure how much developmental progress he will make. “They just aren’t sure right now on how much he has been affected but I have hope. I believe he will walk one day and be able to play.”

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