She died for nine minutes when her heart stopped beating - and was brought back to life by paramedics. But Ria Hancock's brain had been damaged by a lack of oxygen.
Two years on the mum of two tries to lead a normal life, supported by her husband - and by a vital charity, Headway, which helps those with brain injuries. David Johns went to meet her.
A former coma patient has abseiled down a 14-storey building today to raise money for other people with brain damage. Luke Mitchell from Herne Bay in Kent suffered severe head injuries after falling down stairs. He was in coma for three months after the accident three years ago.
He has raised about £300 for the charity Headway. The intrepid fundraiser spoke to Meridian about what prompted him to take on the challenge.
A brain injury unit in Kent has been given prestigious recognition from the UK's leading head injury charity. Hothfield Manor near Ashford treats patients who have suffered major trauma as a result of illness or accidents. Helping them on the way to recovery.