Fresno, CA- In 1960 at the age of 80 Clyde Riverton slipped into a coma while undergoing tests at a local hospital. At the time the family was unwilling to pull the plug and were hoping for a miracle.
Over the years doctors would always say that he was in a very light coma and showed signs that he may awaken at any given time. This made it very difficult for the family to make a decision on whether or not to take him off life support. Well as time passed on so did all of Clyde’s relatives.
By 1990 Clyde had no living relatives and was still in similar condition to when he went into the coma and remains in the same state to this day. His situation has made its way through the courts in California and the verdict was to let Clyde go on as long as he could and let nature take him in its own time.
It’s 2020 now and Riverton has spent 60 years in a coma! His story was featured on a local news channel and caught the attention of Guinness World Records. A representative of Guinness reached out to the hospital to to verify his age and according to hospital records Clyde Riverton is indeed 140 years old! The only hiccup in awarding him is the fact that he is in a coma. Technically alive, but not awake to the world.
Right now Guinness is conducting a poll and also speaking with scientists to satisfy the question of whether Clyde is deserving of the record or not. If you would like more information or to state your opinion it’s suggested you contact Guinness directly.