Medicine: Lingering Damage

When Melvin Eugene Hewitt got into a brawl outside a Long Beach (Calif.) bar 2½ years ago, nothing was further from his mind than a contribution to medical research. But in his misfortune he made one. After he banged his head on a car and hit the sidewalk, Hewitt's heart stopped, and it was 15 minutes before doctors could restart it by massage. It seemed unlikely that Hewitt could live after such a long stoppage of circulation to the brain. Hewitt surprised his doctors.

He spent weeks in a deep coma and recovering, bit by bit, the power...

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