Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: locked-in syndrome

  • The Lazarus phenomenon: when the dead return to life

    Tom Sewe Nairobi, Kenya   Photo by Günter Valda on Unsplash It is a few minutes after 2 AM. A middle-aged woman lays motionless on a table in a hospital emergency department with tubes protruding from multiple orifices. The relentless cardiac monitor screams its flat-line signal as the code-blue team pants, scrubs clinging to their…

  • Locked-in syndrome: Inside the cocoon

    Anika Khan Karachi, Pakistan “…what will you carry back from this field trip into my endless solitude?” From The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby (1997) Jean-Dominique Bauby “dictating” the passages of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly that he had earlier revised in his head. Photograph by Jeanloup Sieff. In December 1995,…