MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Last December, Sharista Giles fell into a coma after a car accident when she was five months pregnant.
Her aunt told ABC News doctors originally said she would never wake up, but the 20-year-old opened her eyes Wednesday.
“The doctors were telling us there was nothing else they could do,” said Beverly Giles, 49, of Madisonville, Tennessee. “They already gave up hope. We never gave up. She’s fought this hard.”
Doctors were forced to deliver Sharista’s baby in January, but he doesn’t have a name yet.
For now, they call him “Baby L,” Giles told ABC, saying he was less than two pounds when he was born.
Baby L now weighs 6 pounds and 5 ounces.
On Wednesday, Sharista blinked, squeezed her family members’ hands, and followed her father around with her eyes.
“He showed her a picture of her baby, and she followed the picture,” she said. “When he turned around to put it back on the bulletin board, she turned her neck, her whole head, trying to follow and find the picture again.”
ABC News reports it’s too soon to know Sharista’s prognosis, but the family hopes to bring Baby L to her when he is able to leave the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s NICU.