Four times, doctors said Sandy Koeneman was dying. Four times, they tried to tell her husband, Richard, that this was the end.  Richard wasn’t ready to let go.   Heading home for a nap, Richard Koeneman says goodbye to his wife, Sandy, who's recovering from a coma. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

Four times, doctors said Sandy Koeneman was dying. Four times, they tried to tell her husband, Richard, that this was the end.

Richard wasn’t ready to let go.

Heading home for a nap, Richard Koeneman says goodbye to his wife, Sandy, who's recovering from a coma. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

  Since Sandy's multiple sclerosis has taken a turn for the worse, Richard posted a sign in their doorway. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

Since Sandy's multiple sclerosis has taken a turn for the worse, Richard posted a sign in their doorway. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

  "It's just a house without you, when you're there its a home," says Richard to his wife Sandy after visiting with her Thursday afternoon at Summit City Nursing and Rehabilitation. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

"It's just a house without you, when you're there its a home," says Richard to his wife Sandy after visiting with her Thursday afternoon at Summit City Nursing and Rehabilitation. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

  Richard Koeneman schedules a student for a painting lesson which he does in his Fort Wayne home to help offset living expenses along with Sandy's medical costs add up and medicare funds run low. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

Richard Koeneman schedules a student for a painting lesson which he does in his Fort Wayne home to help offset living expenses along with Sandy's medical costs add up and medicare funds run low. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

 Richard visits with Sandy everyday, several times a day on most days. Photo by Swikar Patel

Richard visits with Sandy everyday, several times a day on most days. Photo by Swikar Patel

  Richard Koeneman visits his wife Sandy at Summit City Nursing on a  Friday afternoon. Sandy was admitted to the nursing home in a vegetative state and Richard refused to pull the life support. Today she is breathing on her own with support of a breathing machine. Doctors have a plan to return her home after weening her off of the machine. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

Richard Koeneman visits his wife Sandy at Summit City Nursing on a  Friday afternoon. Sandy was admitted to the nursing home in a vegetative state and Richard refused to pull the life support. Today she is breathing on her own with support of a breathing machine. Doctors have a plan to return her home after weening her off of the machine. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

  Richard starts an episode of 7th Heaven, Sandy's favorite show, before leaving her for the day at Summit City Nursing and Rehabilitation. Koenaman who is an accomplished painter draws inspiration from Sandy and has painted several portraits of her, one of which he brought to her and put on the dresser in her room in the ventilator unit. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

Richard starts an episode of 7th Heaven, Sandy's favorite show, before leaving her for the day at Summit City Nursing and Rehabilitation. Koenaman who is an accomplished painter draws inspiration from Sandy and has painted several portraits of her, one of which he brought to her and put on the dresser in her room in the ventilator unit. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

  Richard walks beside his wife Sandy and rides along with her as she is transported by ambulance to go see her neurologist Dr. Paul Later Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

Richard walks beside his wife Sandy and rides along with her as she is transported by ambulance to go see her neurologist Dr. Paul Later Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

 Richard constantly sings and talks to Sandy, and does what he can to emotionally support her. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

Richard constantly sings and talks to Sandy, and does what he can to emotionally support her. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

  Richard Koeneman takes an afternoon nap in his Fort Wayne home. Sandy's health and finances weigh heavy on her husband Richard. Sandy's Medicare coverage is running out and they have been denied by Medicaid twice already. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

Richard Koeneman takes an afternoon nap in his Fort Wayne home. Sandy's health and finances weigh heavy on her husband Richard. Sandy's Medicare coverage is running out and they have been denied by Medicaid twice already. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette