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现实版“睡美人”可连续昏睡两月
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The 'Sleeping Beauty' syndrome which makes student nod off for a MONTH at a time
 

 

因患有罕见的克莱恩-李文综合症,21岁的英国女孩莉莉常常会昏睡不醒,最严重时曾经连睡两个月,成为现实版的“睡美人”。据莉莉的母亲介绍,她第一次发病是在2007年11月,全家出去滑冰后到一家饭店吃饭,莉莉没等餐点上桌就睡着了,之后一直睡了将近一个月,每天睡23个小时。之后的几年间,莉莉因为长睡不醒而错过了生日、学校考试、圣诞节、新年等很多人生重要日子。莉莉的母亲在2010年看到报纸上的一则报道后才知道女儿所患的病症为克莱恩-李文综合症,不过这一罕见病种目前没有任何治疗方法,只是有迹象显示部分患者可能会随着年龄增长而自愈。

 


Lily Clarke, 21, has a rare condition called Kleine-Levin syndrome, which makes her nod off for a month at a time.
 

A student has revealed how she has missed birthdays and university exams - because she has been fast asleep.

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.

Over three years she was seen by seven different consultants and underwent a battery of medical tests, but was only diagnosed when her mother read about a similar case in the Daily Mail in February 2010.

'As soon as I read the symptoms I recognised them,' Adele, 47 said.

'It was such a relief to finally find someone who knew what I was describing.'

Ms Clarke said the condition first came on when the family, from Halsemere, Surrey, 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.

A month later Lily was due to take some mock exams but suffered a further three-week episode before making a similar 'miraculous' recovery. A third two-week episode followed a few days after her 18th birthday and her parents had to cancel her party.

Doctors suggested conditions from migraine to ME and depression. A consultant neuropsychiatrist suggested Lily was suffering from 'recurrent depressive episodes'. She was prescribed anti-depressants and a course of cognitive behavioural therapy.

However, a fourth episode followed in July 2008. This time she was awake for a few hours each day but was afraid to be alone.

'She behaved like a four year old, cuddling her teddy, sucking her thumb and crying that she thought she was going to die,' Ms Clarke said.

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