While you were sleeping

A 30-year-old MV did not think much of the Chickenpox that attacked her. She was reconciled to an appearance of the pox vesicles, fever and discomfort that would last a week or two. Even in modern times, elders in the family invoked village deities to grant an uncomplicated recovery.

But the family were alarmed when she slipped into coma three weeks later and remained deeply unconscious.

They brought her to Kauvery Hospitals where she seemed to slip deeper and deeper into coma. But diligent care and life support brought her out of coma from Varicella Encephalitis which can be fatal.