‘Locked In’ author shares his tale
Rockland — Mark Hathaway, author of the memoir “World Locked In: Six Weeks in a Coma and Beyond,” will speak Thursday, June 5, at 6 p.m. in the Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Local author Jeff Foltz will read excerpts from Hathaway’s book, which is a Maine Literary Award finalist.
Originally from a small Maine town, Hathaway in his 20s led an adventurous life of world travel before entering a coma caused by viral encephalitis. After the coma, Hathaway found himself with Locked-in Syndrome where his mind was active but he was unable to speak or move. In this “World Locked In,” Hathaway was a drooling, sweating, emaciated scarecrow controlled by involuntary twitches. He rebounded to face the challenge of returning to graduate school at Northwestern University in Chicago.
The odyssey started with a headache that led to a six-week coma resulting from a mysterious illness, perhaps caused by a mosquito bite. After waking from this dream world, Hathaway found himself with Locked-in Syndrome, unable to communicate or move his aching body. It took him nearly two weeks to control the blinking of his eyelids to signal "yes" and "no." But his major hurdle was re-entering mainstream society.
Now in his 50s, Hathaway shares his inspirational true story in hopes that readers will learn from his spiritual experiences, see their own personal adversity in a different light and gain a new respect for others, all while being entertained. Often light and humorous, the true story of Hathaway’s spiritual adventure offers a powerful, positive ending to which all can relate. The book is released by Maine Authors Publishing.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.