Image: Andrea Fullmer

Maddie Nelson spent much of 2019 feeling unwell. But, come the summer, the 18-year-old’s health began deteriorating dramatically and, after being hospitalized, doctors felt their best option was to place her in a medically-induced coma. Ultimately, Nelson was discovered to have a form of pneumonia. But it was the apparent cause of her condition that would make her frightening story go viral.

Image: Facebook/Maddie Nelson

Maddie Nelson began 2019 as a relatively healthy teen. Like most 18-year-olds, the Utah native enjoyed hanging out with her friends. But little did she suspect that later that year one of the seemingly innocuous habits they all shared would leave her hospitalized and also with her life at risk.

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