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She Was Suddenly "Locked In" Her Own Mind. Now, She Speaks About Her Rare Experience

When an unimaginable medical emergency takes place, everyone hopes that they'll have the most competent medical team available. Nissa Smith is especially glad she had a nurse that noticed the little things.

So what exactly caused Smith's precarious situation? Locked-in Syndrome happens when parts of the lower brain and brainstem are damaged, but the upper brain is unaffected. Many things serve as possible causes for this, including strokes or brain hemorrhage, ALS, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis and more. Because it is uncommon, there is no standard treatment or cure. It is also incredibly rare that motor function returns in an real measure, although there are always cases of incredible recoveries in the medical field.

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