It’s not every day that you watch a panelist sob through her portion of an industry conference on issues like steam-cleaning beef carcasses. Yet there Laura Day sat on the dais, tearfully trying to choke out her account of lying comatose in a hospital on Thanksgiving while her parents discussed where to bury her. All of 18 at the time, she would be alive but still in the hospital at Christmas, her college scholarship squandered, her body ruined, her young life up-ended. Some 14 years after ...

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