Outspoken Teenager With Cystic Fibrosis Shares Her Experience of Being Put In a Medically Induced Coma

Claire Wineland, a wonderfully outspoken and insightful teenager who has been dealing with cystic fibrosis for most of her life, shares her experience of being put into a medically induced coma five years ago and describes how her mind interpreted the world going on outside.

I’ve never been to Alaska. I’ve never, like, shown any interest in going to Alaska but for some reason, while I was asleep, I kept going there. And it was so beautiful. It was like pine trees and coves and I remember I was sitting there, just like staring at the most beautiful scenery for hours and hours. …Turns out I was getting ice packed the whole time. I had a crazy high fever with a crazy high infection. …So I guess somewhere in my brain I thought, “ice” – “Alaska”. Totally makes sense.

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