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Student nods off for month

Lily can lose months at a time due to a rare disorder.
Lily can lose months at a time due to a rare disorder.


A student has revealed how she has missed birthdays and university exams -- because she has been fast asleep, the Daily Mail reported.

Lily Clarke, 21, has a rare condition called Kleine-Levin syndrome, which makes her nod off for a month at a time. She wakes only to eat and drink before returning to slumber.

Her mother said the condition first came on when the family, from Halsemere, Surrey, in the UK, went ice skating in November, 2007.

"Lily was uncharacteristically quiet and kept saying: 'My head feels strange -- I don't feel well.' I just thought she was coming down with a cold." After the skating they went to a restaurant and Lily fell asleep through the whole meal.

Lily refused to get out of bed for the next 25 days, barely eating or drinking. She slept for 23 hours a day and couldn't bear noise or light. Then just before Christmas Lily "woke up." She could not remember much about the time she was ill.

A month later Lily was due to take some mock exams but suffered a further three-week episode before making a similar "miraculous" recovery.









(China.org.cn August 22, 2011)

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