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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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