Some might call Emma Ray a real-life “Sleeping Beauty.”
The 34-year-old from the U.K. suffered a heart attack nearly two weeks after giving birth to her son and failed to regain consciousness.
Her husband, Andrew, spent two weeks by her bedside waiting for her to wake up from a coma – but her condition did not improve until he leaned over and asked her for a kiss, the Daily Mail reported Monday.
“What happened next was beyond my wildest dreams,” he told the newspaper. “She turned her head towards mine, puckered up her lips and gave me a little kiss.”
“I couldn't believe it. My heart felt like it was going to leap from my chest — it suddenly felt like a huge weight had been lifted.”
Ray collapsed while shopping with her husband 10 days after giving birth. She was taken to the hospital where doctors were able to restart her heart, but warned she could remain in a coma indefinitely.
Despite waking up after the kiss, Ray still had a long road ahead of her.
The heart attack left her with short-term memory loss — and as a result she’s had to undergo extensive brain injury rehabilitation.
Now, nearly two years later, Ray is back at home where her family is grateful to have her.
“She can walk quite well holding hands now, and at least our kids still have a mother and I still have a wife,” her husband said.
Doctors believe her heart attack may have been caused by a blood clot after her son was delivered by Caesarean section.