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  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Jean-Dominique  Bauby was a regular, middle aged man with two children and  an ex-wife he was on good terms with. He was the author and editor of "Elle", a French magazine.
  • He suffered a stroke in December of 1995 while on the way to a show with his son. The stroke sent him into a coma.
  • When he awoke, he found that he couldn't move a single part of his body besides his left eyelid. He was "locked in." He developed a way to communicate with the doctors and nurses  by blinking his left eye.
  • He described his condition as feeling 'trapped in a diving bell,' unable to move but still possessing full mental faculties.
  • Bauby used his imagination to escape his hospital room, visiting places he'd never been and living lives he'd never known.
  • He died of pneumonia in 1997, two years after being trapped in his own body.
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