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The Valedictorian Of Being Dead

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We’re talking to pioneering blogger Heather Armstrong about the ten times her doctors made her brain dead. It was a clinical trial to flatline the brain as a treatment for severe depression.

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Wednesday, we’re talking to pioneering blogger Heather Armstrong about the ten times her doctors made her brain dead. Armstrong had dealt with depression her whole life, but in 2016, she was facing a particularly dark period that normal treatment wasn’t helping. So, when she learned about a clinical trial to flatline the brain, she was ready to take the risk. The idea is to “reboot” the system, and in a new memoir, she tells the story of how she died in order to live.

Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m., Heather Armstrong will give a talk at The King’s English Bookshop at 1511 S 1500 E in Salt Lake City. She’ll be joined by the University of Utah Hospital’s Dr. Scott Tadler, who was lead anesthesiologist on her treatment team.

Armstrong is the creator and writer of dooce.com, a popular mommy blog. Her new book is called The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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