A man who was in a coma for six long months has shared how he received heartbreaking news when he woke up.
After being in a coma for months, John Pennington thought he had to get up for work but he immediately realized that his arms and legs were tied down.
Speaking to MEL Magazine, he recalled how confused he was that he even thought he “must have definitely killed someone.”
“One day in 2015 I woke up thinking it was time to go to work, but for some reason, found myself strapped to a bed in the hospital,” he wrote.
“When I met eyes with the attending nurse and asked if I could use the bathroom, she teared up and ran out of the room – only to come back a few minutes later to apologize and explained that for the past six months I had been in a coma due to a very severe traumatic brain injury.
“The neurologist said if I did eventually wake up, I wouldn’t be able to do much of anything.”
As if the coma was not devastating enough, Pennington said he received truly heartbreaking news that proved to be the ‘toughest thing’ to deal with.
“My father committing suicide was the biggest shock,” he expressed.
“Everything else I carried the attitude that I’ll deal with it. Losing my father was the toughest thing. Not the car, not my place, not my computer, but My Pops.”
“I still celebrate his birthday and buy him a cake. My fat a** eats it, but I even serve his slice on his plate. My slice on mine,” he continued.
“Thinking about everything he was going through, and being an old man at that time, I can see how the strongest man I ever knew took his own life.
“He was the only man that could.”
His sister also commented on the Reddit thread and said she is now “sober for 6 years,” adding: “One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was tell you that our dad died and how he died.”
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