Coma

CREDITS

Director
Liz Garbus

Producer
Liz Garbus
Rory Kennedy
Jed Rothstein

Senior Producer
Nancy Abraham, HBO

Executive Producer
Sheila Nevins, HBO

Director of Photography
Daniel B. Gold
Tom Hurwitz

Editor
Karen H. Sim

Story Editor
Dan Cogan

Original Music
Thomas Rutishauser


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.


“An object lesson in the virtues of unobtrusiveness.”

— New York Times