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Woman in Coma After Using Face Cream

Sacramento woman bought skin-lightening cream in Mexico tainted with mercury

(Newser) - A 47-year-old woman from Sacramento, Calif., stumbled into the ER earlier this summer, slurring her speech and complaining of numbness in her face and hands. Soon after, she slipped into a semi-comatose state, which she's now been in for weeks, and health officials say they've traced the cause... More »

No Man Has Been in a Coma Longer Than Him

Former soccer star just reached the 37-year mark

(Newser) - Jean-Pierre Adams went to the hospital in July 1982 for what should have been routine surgery on his knee. He's been asleep ever since. Newsweek reports that on July 7, the former French soccer star's coma became the third-longest in history. Women have the longest two, giving Adams... More »

John Singleton Is in a Coma

'Boyz N the Hood' director suffered a stroke earlier this month

(Newser) - Court papers show that Boyz N the Hood director John Singleton is in a coma at a Los Angeles hospital eight days after suffering a major stroke, the AP reports. The 51-year-old director's condition was revealed in a court filing Thursday from his mother, Shelia Ward, who is requesting... More »

Comatose Woman Wakes, Learns It's the 21st Century

Munira Abdulla had been unresponsive since 1991

(Newser) - Until June 2018, Munira Abdulla had last been conscious when mobile phones were just starting to be widely sold . Had they then been readily available, someone might have been able to call for help. Instead, Abdulla waited for hours for help to arrive after the car she was in collided... More »

Man Wakes From Coma, Goes Home to Celebrate Christmas

Caine's neighbors, family kept the holiday alive for him while he remained unconscious for 6 weeks

(Newser) - If you still have your holiday decorations up, you may not have a great excuse. But a famous street in San Diego has a very good one, and it's heartwarming to boot. The residents of Rancho Penasquitos' Ellingham Drive, aka "Christmas Card Lane," are renowned for their... More »

Mother Who Gave Birth While in a Coma Has Died

Sharista Giles was four months pregnant when she suffered a traumatic brain injury

(Newser) - Sharista Giles, a critically injured accident victim who gave birth while in a coma , died this week, her family reported on Facebook. “Sharista Giles gained her wings this morning,” the post said. “She has suffered for 3 1/2 years ... (and now) she can walk, talk, sing, dance,... More »

Eric Garner's Daughter in Coma After Heart Attack

27-year-old activist is in grave condition, family says

(Newser) - Erica Garner, the 27-year-old daughter of Eric Garner , spent Christmas Day fighting for her life after what family members say was an asthma-induced heart attack. The anti-police brutality activist is one of the six children of Garner, who died in 2014 after being placed in a banned chokehold by New... More »

Boy Partied at Uncle's Wedding. Then He Slept for 11 Days

Doctors baffled at what caused 7-year-old Wyatt Shaw to sleep for so long

(Newser) - Wyatt Shaw was living it up at his uncle's wedding. The 7-year-old ring bearer from Kentucky even snagged the bride for a final dance. The next day, when he complained of a headache and an upset stomach, his family figured "he had just had too much cake,"... More »

Comatose Football Fan Responds to Mention of Archrivals

'He always makes a face when we mention Michigan'

(Newser) - The family of an Ohio man who returned to the US comatose in April after suffering a traumatic brain injury from a car accident in the Republic of Georgia was given little chance of recovering by doctors who said they should be prepared to turn off his feeding tube within... More »

Doctor Disputes North Korea's Story About American's Coma

Otto Warmbier landed in US, was rushed to University of Cincinnati Medical Center

(Newser) - Blue and white ribbons lined the street near Otto Warmbier's family home Tuesday night as the American student freed by North Korea arrived back in Cincinnati. The 22-year-old, who is believed to have been in a coma for more than a year, was rushed to the University of Cincinnati... More »

Comatose Patient's 16-Year Mystery Is Solved

Young man from Mexico lay unidentified in a coma all that time

(Newser) - Nobody's exactly sure how it came to be—maybe it was related to a route number or perhaps to the auto shop that handled the accident—but a comatose patient lying in a hospital bed in California came to be legally identified as Sixty-Six Garage. His caretakers didn't... More »

6-Year-Old Boy's Suspected Stomach Virus Turns Deadly

Wash. boy dies after unknown virus began attacking his brain

(Newser) - Mystery surrounds the death of a 6-year-old boy who landed at Seattle Children's Hospital two weeks ago, ostensibly with a stomachache, only to rapidly decline as the virus began attacking his brain. It all started on Oct. 15, when Daniel Ramirez was rushed to the hospital with what was... More »

Getting Ready to Pull the Plug and Then ... a Wiggling Toe

Doctors were about to switch off Sam Hemming's life support for the final time

(Newser) - A chance glance and a big toe saved a 22-year-old woman's life in the UK, the London Times reports. Sam Hemming, a law school graduate of North Wales' Bangor University, was being driven home to Hereford by her boyfriend, Tom Curtis, in July when they got into an accident,... More »

He Was Minimally Conscious, Until an Ultrasound Treatment

It's first time this type of ultrasound was used to jumpstart the brain

(Newser) - Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles , are reporting on the "remarkable" recovery of a 25-year-old man who had been in a coma, following a simple and brief exposure to low-energy ultrasound targeting the thalamus; that's the part of the human brain that is typically impaired after... More »

A Bite of Salmon Put Him in a Coma. The Waiter Was Arrested

A criminal negligence charge could be the first ever made against a server in Canada

(Newser) - When Quebec resident Simon-Pierre Canuel went to dinner at Le Tapageur restaurant with his partner in late May, he ordered beef tartare and says he repeatedly told their server that he is allergic to seafood. But when he began to eat he quickly realized he'd gotten the salmon tartare... More »

Teen in Coma for Graduation Gets Touching Ceremony

Scott Dunn was left 'speechless'

(Newser) - "I remember losing control of the vehicle, counter steering, and then nothing," Scott Dunn tells WHTM of the accident that left him in a medically induced coma for six days last month. When he awoke in a hospital, among the first words out of his mouth were, "... More »

Army Vet After 48-Day Coma: 'I Want Taco Bell'

Who thought a bag of Crunchy Tacos could be this heartwarming?

(Newser) - An Army vet and father of two who, somewhat miraculously, woke from a 48-day coma last month in Florida had one thing on his mind: Taco Bell. USA Today reports 35-year-old Jake Booth slipped into a coma after his bronchitis turned into pneumonia and caused a heart attack. His family... More »

Roger Federer Fan Wakes From Coma After 11 Years...

...to find his tennis idol still at top of his game

(Newser) - When Jesus Aparicio was left in a coma by a car crash on Dec. 12, 2004, his favorite tennis player, Roger Federer, had just risen to No. 1 in the world rankings. The Spanish man woke up from his coma last month—and when his speech finally recovered, one of... More »

Guy's Warning Photo: This Is My Coma on Drugs

Man took unknown pills at a UK festival; his friend died

(Newser) - Several people fell seriously ill at the Kendal Calling music festival in the UK late last month, and one of them has posted a sobering photo of himself in a medically induced coma on Facebook to send a message. Jordan Blackburn, 20, was in the hospital for three days, but... More »

6 Weird Things That Happened After a Coma

From speaking foreign languages to feeling like Matthew McConaughey

(Newser) - Recovering from a serious brain injury is not always a straightforward process, especially for the following folks, who each emerged from a coma with personalities and language abilities very different than the ones they had before:
  • The man who thought he was Matthew McConaughey: After getting into a car accident
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