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Mom in Coma Awakens Months After Birthing Baby

A car accident left five-months-pregnant Sharista Giles in a coma last December, and doctors told her family she'd likely never wake up. Medical professionals were forced to deliver her baby prematurely in January, with the little boy weighing less than two pounds at birth, ABC News reports.

But then something extraordinary happened.

Though doctors had originally told Giles' family that she was permanently in a comatose state, the 20-year-old showed signs of life this week, her aunt told ABC News. Giles blinked, gave her family members' hands a squeeze when they tickled her and followed her father around with her eyes, according to ABC News.

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"The doctors were telling us there was nothing else they could do," said Giles' aunt, Beverly Giles. "They already gave up hope. We never gave up. She's fought this hard."

Giles' baby is yet to be officially named, but the child now weighs 6 pounds and 4 ounces.

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