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Talking Dictionary372. A Modern Sleeping Beauty


372. A 17‐year‐old girl in Ohio has "sleeping beauty" syndrome. Julie appears to be perfectly normal. She's an excellent student. She has good friends at school and church. But occasionally, she has spells. During these spells, she sleeps up to 18 hours a day. Her mom says, "During the other six hours, she walks and talks, but she's not 'all there.' She doesn't even know that she's having a spell. John and I just watch her to make sure she doesn't hurt herself. If she wants to go out, one of us always accompanies her. When a spell ends, she remembers none of it. She's had four spells since she was seven. The first one, of course, scared us half to death. The longest one lasted 60 days. We've taken her to several doctors. They say only 1,000 people have it worldwide, so there's no cure and there never will be." 3.7


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