Nancy Abraham, HBO
Sheila Nevins, HBO
Director of Photography
Daniel B. Gold
Karen H. Sim
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, traumatic brain injury affects more Americans each year than breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS and spinal cord injury, combined. With unprecedented access to the Center for Head Injuries at the JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey, Garbus chronicles the emotional and often heartbreaking stories of four families for one year, and the care and treatment of four brain trauma patients. Each emerges from coma either to regain consciousness or to remain trapped, perhaps indefinitely, in a vegetative state.
In the wake of the Terri Shiavo media spectacle and the ‘awakening’ of Terry Wallis from a minimally conscious state after 19 years of silence, Garbus strives to find answers away from the glare of the media.
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Coma premiered on HBO July 2007.