Party Foul: A Medical Mystery

The fit young man in the ER had seizures, then stopped breathing. What's wrong with his brain is a complete mystery — until his friends admit what really happened last night. 

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 son, Doug. 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 di...

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