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The Blink of an Eye

A Memoir of Dying - and Learning How to Live Again
Length: 6 hrs
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Acclaimed by Bill Bryson as “spellbinding and harrowing,” the story of one woman’s dramatic recovery from life-threatening illness

At the age of 38, Danish scientist Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard is struck down by an acute bout of bacterial meningitis. Weeks later, she wakes from a coma in intensive care to find herself “locked in,” unable to show she is conscious except by blinking her eyes. Despite a mere 5 percent chance of survival, she makes a miraculous recovery and returns to the world - painfully learning how to breathe, move, eat, and speak again, even resume her work as a scientist. The Blink of an Eye is a celebration of love, family, and every little thing that matters when life is in the balance - by a writer uniquely positioned to describe the journey from death back to life.

©2018, 2019 by Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard. Foreword © 2018 by Bill Bryson. A Caregiver’s Checklist © 2019 by Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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