Local Miracle Story– Woken From a Ten Week Coma





Weekly World News 1989

I have known Susan and Jeffrey Hudder from Appleton for decades. Jeff has been a friend of my son’s since elementary school, but I swear I never knew this story until I read it in the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum newspaper archives yesterday. Mary Cook had originally written the article for the The Carleton Place Canadian, and when I read it I was flabbergasted.

It seems years ago Jeff’s grandfather Harold Cybulski from Barry’s Bay was operated on for an aneurysm in the aorta. The operation was deemed a success but the next day his blood pressure spiraled out of control and Cybulski was in a coma for the next 10 weeks. Two weeks later a team of specialists told the family that he would never leave the I.C. U. He was on life-support systems, but now he was considered “brain dead and comatose.” The doctors said it was time to disconnect the machines and let him go. Even if he did survive he would spend the rest of his life in a chronic care unit.

I know Susan Hudder of Appleton, and this woman never takes anything lying down. After they gave her father his last rites she decided her son Jeff had to see his Grandfather. Hudder took a chance and brought Jeff to the hospital to see his Poppa one last time. As she pushed the stroller through the doors of the hospital she knew she might be told to leave as no one was allowed in the I.C. U. under the age of 18. It had to be quite the decision to allow your son see his Grandfather lying in a coma, full of tubes.

Jeff on the other hand, didn’t care what his Grandfather looked like and when he saw him he just did what any normal kid would do. He looked at him and screamed, “Grandpa”. What happened next is something you only see in Hallmark movies. His Grandfather immediately sat up in bed and stretched his arms out to hug his grandson like the past few weeks had never happened.

It is fair to say that this miracle made everyone cry including the nurse Joanne Simpson. Her exact words were: “If anyone can make this child live, this little child will” and she promptly put him on the bed next to his grandfather.

“Poppa” went back home to Barry’s Bay a week later, and within days he was walking again. Six months later, he was leading a completely normal life, to include driving the new car he had been looking forward to buying before he became comatose.

Was it a miracle? Susan said she always believed it was because of all the prayers that came out of St. Hedwig’s Parish in Barry’s Bay. Just when you think modern medicine has all the answers you realize that sometimes it just doesn’t. In hind sight that would be like trying to count the stars. There is an unwritten law that the bond between family can never be broken, especially between a grandfather and his grandson. After all they hold each other’s hearts forever, just like Jeff and Poppa did.

Harold later died in 1991 and is buried in Barry’s Bay. May he rest in peace. I will never forget this story and now know that miracles really do happen.



Susan and Jeff Hudder 1989

Carleton Place Canadian files-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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