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Woman wakes from coma to find she is now single

Woman wakes from coma to find she is now single

An Australian woman has gone viral after revealing how her fiance left her for another woman while she was in a coma for three months.

Brie Duval, 25, was living in Canada when her life took a horrific turn in 2020. She was out with friends when she fell off a 10m retaining wall, crashing headfirst onto the pavement.

The 25-year-old was left with a brain injury and several broken bones and was flown to the University of Alberta Hospital where she was placed on life support in the ICU.

Brie’s parents refused to turn off her life support and she miraculously began to show signs of improvement, waking up after three months. Additionally, Brie also suffered from post-traumatic amnesia, forgetting “simple things” like her passwords and address, she ended up remaining in hospital for an extra five months.

Once she was able to remember day-to-day things, she was given back her phone and her first thought was to call her fiancé, as he hadn’t been with her in the hospital.

That’s when she discovered her boyfriend of four years had moved in with another woman.

In a TikTok that has been viewed two million times, Brie explained that when she went to call him for the first time after “finally” waking up from her coma, she found a text on her phone from another woman.

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He also blocked her on all his social media accounts with the young woman claiming she hadn’t heard from her former fiance now in 11 months.

“He doesn’t care that you nearly died with a 10% chance of living, but you know, at least he’s happy,” she continued.

Brie’s video was immediately flooded with thousands of comments from other users also shocked by her fiance’s actions.

Overwhelmed by all the support, Brie jumped into the comments section to thank viewers.

“Thank you all for this support! I’ve had such a hard time and all of this love means the world,” she wrote.

It prompted her to share several other videos, with one clarifying how exactly she fell.

“So I did still plummet headfirst into concrete and go into a coma, I just wasn’t on a rooftop bar. I just said that because it was easier in the story to say rooftop bar.”

If the news of her fiance wasn’t bad enough, given her freak accident happened at the height of the pandemic, her parents were unable to visit her in Canada, due to restrictions in Australia.

“They told my mum that I had a 10 per cent chance of living and that she should get over to Canada as soon as she could because things weren’t looking good.”

“My mum and dad went to the government and asked for special permission to say goodbye to me as things were bad at that point. They refused them, they would not give them a chance and they would not give them a reason, they just flat out said no.

“So my mum told doctors in Canada to keep my life support on and do not under any circumstances turn that off, which they had to medically abide by.”

Brie told the publication the incident made her realise she never wants to be apart from her family again and she has since moved back to Australia to be near them.

The recovery process for Brie is ongoing as she continues to learn to live with a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

“Getting back to normal life, just trying to establish what my new normal is – I couldn’t swallow when I first woke up. I’ve had to try and learn how to walk again – from my waist down to my toes, it feels like it’s gone dead,” she told the publication.

She continues to share videos to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with a TBI.

Image: TikTok

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