A New Direction

Michelle Bartlett now mediates a peer support group for people recovering from brain injuries. Picture credit: Elke Semerad/CBC

By Sarah Trainor | CBC News

Michelle Bartlett was never expected to come out of her coma, but more than 10 years after her ordeal she’s helping brain injury survivors improve their quality of life.

Two days after open heart surgery in 2004, Bartlett suffered an anoxic brain injury.

“They don’t know why, but my lungs stopped working and heart stopped. It took a significant amount of time to stabilize me and that precipitated the coma,” Bartlett said Monday in an interview on Information Morning Saint John.

“Essentially my brain didn’t receive enough oxygen for what was, I’ve been told from five to seven minutes, which was an inordinate amount of time.”


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Thanks to Michelle Bartlett for sharing her story; Sarah Trainor for writing the article; CBC News for committing its resources to the article; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the picture, text, and links in this post.

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