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Human Parts

How It Felt to Come Back to Life

Coming back from near-death was a gracious endeavor, but it was also deeply heartbreaking

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“T“Thank God you’re alive,” my mother said to me with tears in her eyes. I lay on a hospital gurney, hooked up to machines that whirred and beeped rhythmically, the acoustic proof that life hadn’t given up on me yet.




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Christen O'Brien

Christen O'Brien

Writer & Collector of life stories. Work featured on The Today Show, NYT, CNN, MSNBC, Medium. Documentary coming out 2022. (

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