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My Shocking Story

My Shocking Story is a seven-part series that looks at medical miracles and people living with rare and life-threatening conditions. You may think you've heard this one before, but this series is aptly named. This is hardly a pedantic doctor show - this is actually shocking.
October 5, 2007


My Shocking Story is a seven-part series that looks at medical miracles and people living with rare and life-threatening conditions. You may think you’ve heard this one before, but this series is aptly named. This is hardly a pedantic doctor show – this is actually shocking.

Consider the case of Louis Viljeon, told in an episode aptly dubbed ‘Coma Miracle.’ After being hit by a truck and left in a permanent vegetative state for nearly a decade, Viljeon was given a sedative to calm traces of agitation he was demonstrating. Funny thing is, he woke up. Although severely disabled, he can now talk and feed himself. In fact, the drug (Zolpidem) has worked repeatedly to awaken comatose patients, as viewers can witness firsthand – the filmmakers capture the awakening of Diane Katz in a scene that is worth the price of admission alone.

Partners: Electric Sky Productions and Discovery UK distributed through Electric Sky
Wrapping: April/May 2007
Length: 7 x 50-minutes
Rights available: Worldwide, excluding UK, Eire and North America

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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