By Joy Fielding
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Stay calm. Stay calm. Casey fought to regain control of her now ragged breathing. If she had been kidnapped, if she was lying in a coffin beneath the cold ground, that meant her supply of air was limited, and it was imperative she not waste it. Although she didn’t feel a lack of air, she realized. Nor did she feel cold. Or hot. Or anything. She felt nothing at all. “Okay, okay,” she whispered, straining to see traces of her breath in the darkness. But again there was nothing. Casey closed her eyes, counting silently to ten before reopening them.
So, tell me, Dr. Rekai,” the doctor in charge said. ” “It’s impossible to know for sure at this time,” came the reply. ” Casey demanded, indignant at the casual brutality of the assessment. Some poor woman was in a coma and they were being insensitive and glib about her condition. ” someone asked. “Her family is very unlikely to consider taking her off life support at this time. Nor would the hospital approve any attempt to do so. The patient has a strong heart, and her body is functioning, so we know her brain is functioning, albeit at a decreased level of activity.
You’ll see. Casey will be as good as she always was. This coma is just her body’s way of healing itself. ” Except she did know, Casey was forced to acknowledge, as the direness of her predicament suddenly reasserted itself, spreading through the dark space around her like a nasty stain. The patient is a thirty-two-year-old woman who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident approximately three weeks ago…. She’s on life support … multiple traumas … extensive surgeries … external fixators … massive bleeding to the abdomen … A splenectomy was then performed….
Still Life by Joy Fielding