Meet the real-life version of “Sleeping Beauty”, Beth Goodier who can fall asleep and only wakes up months later.
The British girl may look like any other typical British young ladies but she has been diagnosed with Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS) which causes her to sleep for months.
The syndrome is also known as Sleeping Beauty Syndrome.
It began when the then 17-year-old Goodier fell asleep and did not wake up properly for six months.
The girl slept for 22 hours a day while waking up in a dream-like state for the rest of 2 hours to use the toilet and to eat and drink.
Her condition has continued for five years with her mother calculating that Goodier has slept for 75 percent of her time.
However, she is not the only one who has been diagnosed with the rare condition. Statistics revealed that more than 100 young people in Britain are also diagnosed with it.
The girl usually spends her day in pajamas sleeping in bed or on the sofa. Her family members have attempted to use many ways to wake her up but nothing will wake her.
On rare days she has to see the doctor, Goodier must be pushed in a wheelchair since she is too tired to walk by herself.
“It is like night and day,” says Goodier’s mother, Janine, 48. “She might wake up tomorrow and then it’s a race against time to live the life she should have had.”
“She rushes off to catch up with her friends and get her hair done. But no one knows when she might fall asleep again.”
At the moment, nothing Janine could do for Goodier except looking after her full-time.
“The most horrible symptom is her confusion,” says Janine. “When she wakes for a few hours a day, she does not know where she is and becomes very agitated.”
However, it is not her confusion that is the worst. It breaks Janine’s heart knowing that her daughter is missing important moments in her life and possibly affects her future.
“The toughest year was when her friends finished their A-levels and went off to university because Beth knew when she woke up that it should have been her, and that hurt her badly. And when she hurts, I hurt.”
Credit: Daily Mail