Report: Sweetwater woman who woke up from coma dies 3 years later

Sharista Giles (Source: Family photo provided to WATE).

Her family tells our sister station WATE in Knoxville that Sharista Giles, the Sweetwater woman who woke up from a coma months after an accident, died early Monday morning.

"We are sad. She loved her friends and family. She was an outstanding girl. We are heartbroken," Anna Moser, Giles' mother, told WATE on the phone Monday.

Giles was recovering after being involved in an accident in 2014 that left the pregnant Sweetwater woman in a coma at UT Medical Center.

Sharista and two friends were on their way home in December 2014 from a concert in Nashville late at night, when the tired driver crashed into a guardrail. The other two girls walked away from the accident, but Sharista was trapped in the passenger seat, unresponsive. She was four months pregnant with a baby boy, who came to be known as "Baby L."

"Baby L" was born prematurely, weighing only 2 pounds. He celebrated his third birthday in January.

In April of 2015, Giles' family reported that she had awakened from her coma.

The Facebook page 'Giles Family Prayers for Sharista Giles & Newborn Baby L,' set up by a family member to follow Giles's journey, also posted about her death Monday morning:

"This saddens my heart to say but we all know she is no longer suffering Sharista Giles gained her wings this morning. She has suffered for 3 1/2 years now she is rejoicing with Our Heavenly Father. She can walk, talk, sing, dance, and put that Beautiful Smile back on again. RIP. .. OUR SWEET ANGEL..... WE LOVE YOU BABY GIRL AND YOU ARE GREATLY MISSED! AND WE WILL MAKE SURE YOUR BABY BOY WILL BE LOVED AND TAKEN CARE OF. FLY HIGH AND SPREAD YOUR WINGS."

Moser told WATE the family has not had time to discuss funeral plans.

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