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Trapped In A Coma For 20 Years, Her First Words Stunned Her Parents

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When Sarah Scantlin left a nightclub with her friends in 1985, it seemed like she had a bright future ahead of her.

Scantlin was a freshman at the local community college in Hutchinson, Kansas, where she had recently made the drill team. The college student had also landed a good job at a local clothing store, so she hit the town with her friends to celebrate.

Scantlin as a teenager.The Hutchinson News

But on the way back to her car, a drunk driver collided with Scantlin, knocking her into the path of another oncoming car.

The teenager was rushed to the hospital, but her condition was dire. Her skull had been crushed, her leg was twisted, and she quickly fell into a coma.

For the next two decades, all Scantlin could do was breathe on her own. Doctors warned her parents that Scantlin would probably communicate with them again.

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Eventually, Sarah's family taught her to blink once for "no" and twice for "yes," but her responses were so hesitant it was unclear if she even understood them.

Then one day, Scantlin's parents got an incredible phone call from their daughter's care home.

"Hi mom," said a husky voice.

"Sarah, is that you?" Scantlin's mother Betsy asked.


"How are you doing?"


"Do you need anything?" her mother asked.

"More makeup."

"Did she just say more makeup?" Betsy asked incredulously.

That was just the beginning of Scantlin's totally bizarre recovery.

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