Vital Signs: A Sleepy Secret
A healthy young man falls into a coma, but there are few other signs that anything else is wrong. Then comes the real surprise.
The woman burst through the emergency room doors shouting: “Where’s my son?”
“Over here,” I blurted, startled by her entrance. Short and wiry, she flew past the paramedics to her motionless, well-built 25-year-old. Then, turning to me, she rose on the balls of her feet and hissed, “I told those doctors he needed an MRI!”
“Does he have epilepsy, ma’am?” I asked carefully. “Any type of seizure disorder?”
“He did this on...
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