Medicine: Second Time Around

Carolyn Bigham graduated from Central High School in Charlotte, N.C. last year, just before her 19th birthday, and went to work in the flower department of a local store. Last month Carolyn had survived a grave illness and was just finishing grammar school again.

One day she had a headache, fever and nausea, and became delirious. The next day she went to the hospital, unconscious, with a severe case of meningitis—an inflammation of the inner covering of the brain and spinal cord. A dozen doctors joined in treating her, used many of the newest "miracle drugs," eventually pulled her through.

First Word. But...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!