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The Blink of an Eye

A Memoir of Dying—and Learning How to Live Again

By Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard

Foreword by Bill Bryson

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Published By
The Experiment
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Number Of Pages
240
Publication Date
May 14, 2019
ISBN
9781615195725

The Blink of an Eye

A Memoir of Dying—and Learning How to Live Again

By Rikke Schmidt Kjaergaard

Foreword by Bill Bryson

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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.

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Review quotes

“A rich reading experience . . . . an inspirational story of beating the odds.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The author of The Blink of an Eye will tell you what it is like to be conscious in a body that cannot respond to the outside world. It will help you understand what conscious is.”—Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and The Autistic Brain

“Told with clear and unsparing detail . . . a touching reminder that love and human contact are important for healing. Above all, The Blink of an Eye stresses the miracle and fragility of life.”Foreword

“Most exceptional . . . a calm, measured, impeccably lucid account of a truly horrifying experience . . . You come away profoundly touched."—from the Foreword by Bill Bryson

Praise from the UK for The Blink of an Eye
 
“Powerful . . . As gripping as a thriller, The Blink of an Eye compels you to appreciate everything you daily take for granted.”Sunday Express
 
“A frightening, and powerful piece of work.”Sunday Post (rating 9/10)
 
“Her fighting spirit emerges on every page of the book.”Sunday Herald Magazine

“It's a wonderful meditation on the human condition and a testament to the power of love. It was heartbreaking and life-affirming in equal measure. An extraordinary story and a joy to read.”—Max Pemberton, columnist and author of Trust Me, I’m a (Junior) Doctor

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Product details

Published By
The Experiment
Categories
Number Of Pages
240
Publication Date
May 14, 2019
ISBN
9781615195725

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