Blink of an Eye, The

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Blink of an Eye, The

Blink of an Eye, The

A Memoir of Dying--and Learning How to Live Again

By: Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard

audio performed by: Timothy Andrés Pabon, Stina Nielsen
genre: Biography - Nonfiction/Memoir
publication date:05/14/2019


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.