The details of the accident are sketchy in her memory. She hears the wheels skid and can smell burning rubber. Acrid smoke hangs in the air, mixing with the tangy chemical smell of gasoline and engine oil. Somewhere, Zaida is bleeding, though she doesn’t know it. In an instant, she will fall unconscious, and she’ll forget it all.
She didn’t know it at the time, but Zaida had been hit by a drunk driver. The head wound she sustained, a subdural hematoma, was so grievous that she fell into a coma. She was bleeding between the surface of her brain and the membrane covering it and was in a coma that measured 8 out of 15 on the Glasgow Coma Scale. But Zaida doesn’t know any of this…