Baby wakes from coma just as doctors were ready to switch off her life support.

One year old, Marwa, was struck down by a brain-damaging virus in September that led to doctors insisting she should be allowed to die.

She was placed in an induced coma while work was done to try and prevent any further neurological disorders, reports The Sun.

Medics in France eventually told Marwa’s Algerian parents there was nothing else they could do after  “aggressive therapy” failed to make a difference.

The parents campaigned against this decision, launching a Facebook appeal titled Jamais Sans Marwa (Never Without Marwa) to raise money to take the case to court.

They gathered nearly 100,000 signatures and a court ruled in their favour, allowing Marwa’s life-sustaining treatment at La Timone hospital in Marseilles to continue.

Doctors insisted Marwa had no chance of being able to breath, eat or walk independently again.

But just ten days after the decision was granted Marwa miraculously woke up.

Touching footage shows her looking at her father and smiling as he speaks to her.

He told local news site Nice-Matin: “Her treatment continues, but we see daily progress, and it gives us great hope.

“When I talk to her, she hears my voice, she reacts, sometimes she smiles”.

We wish little Marwa loads of strength to keep fighting.

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  • There are regular stories about this type of thing. I think it just goes to show even doctors aren’t 100% on coma patients. Makes it really hard to know what to do if you find yourself in this situation, to switch off or keep hoping


  • Aw God bless her, praying for miraculous healing !


  • There has been cases where tests have shown there was little or no chance of the brain functioning on its own or even brain death showing in tests, life support removed and the patient started breathing of their own accord and woken a couple of days later. Initially quality of life was not good but intensive therapy for over 3 years showed some improvement, but no voluntary movement of limbs.


  • Parents sometimes know there is hope but medical intervene also helped this little girl.


  • so sad our world is coming to this


  • I hope this little girl continues to improve.


  • wow that was good timing! – what lucky little girl she is- I can only hope that she continues to improve and have a great life


  • This is amazing. Luckily the parents fought against the hospital’s decision.
    I wish the best to that sweet little girl! :-)


  • The parents were lucky then. Hard to judge really.


  • You’d be so happy, but also so angry at the doctors.


  • Wishing Marwa all the best to keep going strong and be healthy.


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