Teen Explains What Life in a Coma Was Like

For two weeks, she saw and heard a lot of things.

Courtesy of The Clairity Project

For two weeks, Claire Wineland was in a medically-induced coma after she contracted a dangerous infection called blood sepsis. It was following a routine procedure to treat her  (a chronic illness where the lungs and digestive system are clogged with thick mucus).

While she was in the coma, the 17-year-old said she pictured herself looking at forests, caves, and wildlife in Alaska. And she recently posted a posted to her YouTube channel to describe her experience. To date, it has over 500,000 views.

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"I've never been to Alaska or shown any interest in Alaska. But somewhere in my sleep I kept going to Alaska and there were pine trees and cones and I was staring at the most beautiful scenery, and there was a little deer in the corner," she said in the video.

She also remembers being cold: "I remember sitting there and staring at the most beautiful scenery ever for hours and hours … it would be freezing cold but I didn't care," she said. "Turns out I was being ice-packed the whole time."

The ice packs were part of the treatment doctors used to bring her body temperature down, fight the infection, and bring her back to life, reported.

Claire and her mother.
Courtesy of The Clairity Project

Wineland also said she was aware of the people and noises around her. "Everything that happens in the real world, you hear, you're aware of. You kind of know what's going on. But it goes through this weird filter thing … It turns into something else when it hits your consciousness."

Right after waking up from her coma, Wineland was still unclear of whether or not she was still hallucinating, she told . "I can't remember what was real and what wasn't real from that week. Every time I talk about it, I remember something else."

Through her nonprofit , the recent high school graduate hopes sharing her story will help more people understand what cystic fibrosis and other chronic disease patients face.

Claire leaving the hospital with her mother.
Courtesy of The Clairity Project

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"[There's a] hidden world and subculture of being sick," said Wineland. "No one really talks about it, it's [always] a story of dying person and not a sick person. The life of a sick person is incredibly fascinating."

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