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Maggie Meier, High School Basketball Star, Shot Hoops While In Coma

Maggie Meier

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/22/2012 5:47 pm Updated: 02/23/2012 6:15 pm

The human body never ceases to amaze us.

Case in point? Maggie Meier, a basketball star at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas. The teenager wowed locals by shooting hoops while in a coma, The Kansas City Star reports.

Meier fell ill in early November 2008, just as basketball season was starting, according to MaxPreps, a CBS Sports affiliate. Then a freshman in high school, she was rushed to the hospital, barely conscious and having seizures. She soon fell into a coma, which lasted over 2 months.

Doctors diagnosed Meier with mycoplasma meningoencephalitis, a rare, intense form of meningitis, The Daily reported. Though her family worried for her survival, they discovered something incredible that gave them hope. Though unresponsive and unconscious, she would sometimes make the motion for shooting baskets. Her family began to put her into a chair, hand her a beach ball and pull the hoop close. She shoots, she scores!

Meier's neurologist told The Daily that basketball was so "ingrained as one of Maggie’s basic instincts" that her body remembered how to do it before it could walk or even stand.

When she woke up, it took months for her body to recover. She had to re-learn basic functions like walking and eating. But by sophomore year, she was well enough to return to the court.

Her story is certainly incredible, but it's not unique. In 2001, a 24-year-old woman gave birth while in a coma to a perfectly healthy 7 pound baby.

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