In 1970, O'Bara
, then a high school student, became nauseated and threw up her diabetes medicine. The girl slipped into a diabetic coma from which she never recovered, according to the Miami Herald
The newspaper reports that before the teen lost consciousness, she asked her mother, Kay O'Bara, to never leave her side. Kay kept her promise, taking care of her daughter until she died five years ago at age 80, in the same room where she took care of Edwarda since 1970.
That's when Edwarda's sister, Colleen O'Bara, stepped in and continued taking care of her sister in the Miami Gardens home.
Colleen quit her job as a horse trainer and took over the task of caring for her sister.
“I didn’t give it a second thought. She’s my sister,” Colleen O’Bara said, “and I love her.”
Kay O'Bara, a devout Catholic, once said she felt the presence of the Virgin Mary in her daughter's room.
Dr. Wayne Dyer, iconic American author, motivational speaker and therapist, was inspired by Edwarda's story and wrote a best-seller book based on her story titled A Promise is a Promise