I suffered from a heart attack known as a “widow maker”. A team of 20 doctors and nurses took 5-minute intervals performing CPR for a period of 5 1/2 hours at the Michael E. DeBakey VA hospital in Houston, TX. After stabilizing me, I was placed in a temperature-induced coma. After about a week and a half, they began to warm me back to normal body temperature. The doctors told my wife to expect major brain damage, and that I would probably not retain a lot of mental faculties. After a few weeks, I was tested by a mental health doctor. After several sessions, she told my wife that it was amazing that I retained as much mental capabilities as I did. I was a long-time user of marijuana before the heart attack, and after watching medical marijuana documentaries, especially those of Israeli studies of marijuana and brain trauma, I feel strongly that it was my marijuana use that allowed me to retain as much as I did. I did lose some brain capacity in the fact that my short-term memory took a big hit (I can’t always remember everything said to me or things that happen), but for the most part, I am not severely brain damaged as the doctors believed I would be.
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