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Woman in Coma For Six Years Marks 21st Birthday

October 24, 1988

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ The family of a 21-year-old woman who has been comatose for six years marked her birthday Monday with a quiet party by her bedside, the Bernama news agency reported.

Merlyn Ann Jeremiah is resting at a private hospital in Penang, about 180 miles northwest of Kuala Lumpur.

Merlyn, who occasionally smiles without talking, slipped into a coma in 1982 after undergoing a minor operation on her ankle.

A family member said the birthday party was held in the hope that she may awake one day.

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