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A catatonic woman awakened after 20 years. Her story may change psychiatry

By Richard Sima

01 Jun 2023 · 16 min read

informed Summary

  1. April Burrell was a high-achieving student who suddenly developed psychosis and became catatonic

The young woman was catatonic, stuck at the nurses' station - unmoving, unblinking and unknowing of where or who she was.

Her name was April Burrell.

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