my SIL; Kathy who collapsed at home on Saturday and is now in a coma. This is not the 1st time this has happened to her. She also had an episode in 1993 and again in 1998. After the episode in 1993, she had to have a tracheotomy (breathing tube) inserted to help her breathe. She was eventually weaned off the tracheotomy and was able to breathe on her own again. Unfortunately the scar tissue damaged her vocal cords and caused her voice to change and she now speaks with a raspy voice. Just before she slipped into a coma on Sunday, she did not know either her husband or her son. The doctors do not know what causes these episodes but each time they have occurred, she has been under a lot of stress and overly tired.
Kathy is married to my husband`s brother and they have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.