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One night at their local pub, best friends Steph Rodriguez and Liz Beath won a trip to Boston. The pair excitedly packed their bags for the ultimate girl’s vacay – which took a life-threatening turn on the way home.

Liz says Steph suddenly had a seizure in the departure lounge. “Steph got hot, she started dribbling, she had crumbs all over her chest and she had a seizure in the lounge. I just screamed I needed a doctor”.

The next bit is a blur for the pair. “We got taken out onto the tarmac and into an ambulance. My friend is strapped to a gurney, she’s unresponsive and the ambulance had no windows so you can’t see,” says Liz.

Steph was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital and immediately put on life support. They all assumed it was a stroke but as time ticked by, they started to think maybe it was something else.

Alone and on the other side of the world, Liz says…

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