Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2007]
Hello, my name is Amy Stockton. I am from Cortland, Ohio. I am writing in hopes that eventually this email will fall into the right hands.
My son, Kaleb Owens whom is 10 years old, was tragically run over in October of 2005. He was attending a Sunday School party when he fell off of a hayride and his head was run over by the tire. He was in a coma for three months woke up to a minimally conscious state. He has been this way ever since. Over the course of the past seventeen months, I have been doing a lot of research on the minimally conscious state and ways to raise consciousness. I came across "DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION". This is a study being done and has been done on individuals with altered levels of consciousness. I got in contact with
I am searching for a facility, hospital, university, etc. that have different guidelines than that of Weill. I believe that children should not be excluded from this research. We have thousands of children in the US that lay in these different states of consciousness. Some are there because of shaking, accidents, drownings and many other reasons. Our children are the future. We set the standards for them. By having children as part of this study, we can be giving them years back. Years that they may have lived in a dark, lonely place. Only aware at times when even then they could not express how to get out of that head that they are trapped in.
My Goal is to pass this across the country. Hoping that maybe this simple email will fall into the hands of a neurosurgeon that is working on this study and is not limited by age.
After forwarding this to as many people as you can, you will not have this great miracle happen in as many minutes as the number of people you sent this to. I will tell you what you will do, by forwarding this, you will pass on a mother's desperation to have her son's quality of life just a little bit better. You may have a part in making Kaleb a part of study that could help him wake up, it could save his life. Only you have the power to hit "forward".
407 Orchard Lane
Cortland, Ohio 44410
email@example.com email me with any information.
Origins: As detailed above, in October 2005
Amy is chronicling her (and Kaleb's) story and progess on a section of the CaringBridge web site.
Last updated: 17 April 2007
WYTV-TV [Cleveland]. "Praying for Kaleb." 19 January 2006.