Friday, August 21, 2009

The Science of Fairy Tales (Series) - Awakened From Coma By A Kiss

So this whole guy wakes girl with a kiss thing works! At least, it happened in this case, in January of this year:Emma Ray suffered a heart attack and never regained consciousness, falling into a coma. After a period of two weeks in which doctors and husband tried everything they could think of her desperate husband asked his comatose wife for a kiss.

From the news article:
'What happened next was beyond my wildest dreams,' he said. 'She turned her head towards mine, puckered up her lips and gave me a little kiss.

'I couldn't believe it. My heart felt like it was going to leap from my chest - it suddenly felt like a huge weight had been lifted.'
It should be noted, this was the second kiss her husband gave her. The first was actually the 'kiss of life' when she suffered the heart attack in a shopping center and collapsed. When doctors were finally able to start her heart and it wasn't possible to'wake' her, they warned her husband, Andrew Ray, that her condition might be permanent.

Thankfully, their story has a happy ending.

But things are still not easy. When Emma's heart stopped her brain was deprived of oxygen, resulting in damage which is still being worked through. Short term memory loss and the inability to walk without assistance are constant reminders of the incident. Her grateful husband and family, however, are just glad she's with them.

Bless you all, Ray family, and thank you for sharing your heartwarming story.

When it comes to the tale from which Emma earned her new nickname however, I wonder: although I've read retellings where Beauty has to cope with time passing and must reacquaint herself with the kingdom, has anyone ever considered Beauty dealing with internal damage from what the curse put her through?

You can read the rest of the amazing 'real life Sleeping Beauty' story HERE.
Note: The above painting is by Thomas Ralph Spence. You can find more information on him HERE.
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