Man Wakes From Coma After Wife Cares for Him 20 Hours a Day for 5 Years

five-year coma

A man in central China regained consciousness after spending five years in a coma, thanks to his devoted wife who nursed him more than 20 hours a day the whole time.

Li Zhihua, who lives in Xiangyang, Hubei province was riding a scooter to work when a motorbike knocked him down in August 2013.


Sustaining serious brain injuries, Li fell into a coma, which some doctors believed could be permanent.

“The doctor told me it’s possible that he would remain in a persistent vegetative state,” said his wife, Zhang Guihuan.

Zhang, however, was determined to prove them wrong, refusing for him to be fed via a stomach tube, according to The Cover.

For nearly 2,000 days, she spent more than 20 hours a day on her husband’s bedside — chatting with him and playing his favorite music aside from feeding him and taking care of his hygiene.

Zhang slept as little as two hours a day, ensuring that her husband feels her presence most of the time.

As a result, the 57-year-old woman lost 10 kilograms (22 pounds), though it did not bother her at all.

Li miraculously regained his consciousness last year, but it was only recently that Chinese news outlets started reporting his story.

According to, the first thing he said after waking up was “I love you!”

While Li has awakened, he remains in the hospital for rehabilitative treatment. A video from Pear Video shows Zhang assisting her husband as he walks with the help of a frame.

“I have never thought about giving up. As long as he is alive, I will keep serving him,” she said.

The couple’s story has touched hearts on Chinese social media, with many hoping for Li’s recovery and praising Zhang’s dedication.

Weibo users commented:

“True love [comes] first.”

“She deserves all the good words.”

“Such a woman is very difficult to find.”

“Respect to this woman! I wish her the best.”

“This is love. It’s too touching. I hope uncle recovers soon!”

Images via Weibo /

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