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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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