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Maggie Meier is a teenager who loved playing basketball at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas. In 2008, after a seizure, the high school student was admitted to the hospital and learnt that she contracted a potentially fatal disease and fell into a coma. After some testing, Meier was found to have mycoplasma meningoencephalitis – a form of meningitis which causes swelling on the brain.
The young woman shocked doctors and family alike when she continued to shoot hoops while in her comatose state. She had been in a coma for nearly three months and was moved every two to three hours to make sure that her limbs didn’t stiffen.
To remind her of who she was, the family placed a basketball in Maggie’s hands when she was seated upright in a wheelchair. Amazingly, the young woman’s reflexes kicked in and she started shooting hoops.
The neurologist, Dr William Graf, who was working on Ms. Meier had told thedaily.com: ‘The act of shooting a basketball must have been ingrained as one of Maggie’s basic instincts – her basketball shooting motion came back to her even before she was able to stand up or walk again.’
Luckily, she has since come out of the coma and relearnt how to walk, speak, read, and even play basketball again.