While a Storm Races Inside a Patient's Brain, Doctors Race to Save Her

A healthy 29-year-old collapses and remains in a coma despite months of treatment.


Antonia was missing. She had failed to pick up her 14-month-old daughter, Tia, at day care, and her sister, Jaclyn, couldn’t reach her by phone.

Jaclyn headed to Antonia’s house to find out what the problem was. When she arrived, she noticed the front door was unlocked — a bad sign. She searched the rooms, calling out her sister’s name, until she heard running water coming from the kitchen.

Jaclyn found the 29-year-old lying on her back unconscious, brown foam on her lips. Her eyes were open, staring in the direction of her car keys on the tile floor. The faucet was on.


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