Locked In Locked Out - Dundurn

Locked In Locked Out

Surviving a Brainstem Stroke

Published January 2020


Can there be life after a brainstem stroke?

After Dr. Shawn Jennings, a busy family physician, suffered a brainstem stroke on May 13, 1999, he woke from a coma locked inside his body, aware and alert but unable to communicate or move. Once he regained limited movement in his left arm, he began typing his story, using one hand and a lot of patience.

With unexpected humour and tender honesty, Shawn shares his experiences in his struggle for recovery and acceptance of his life after the stroke. He affirms that even without achieving a full recovery life is still worth it.


Shawn Jennings

Shawn Jennings was a family physician in Saint John, New Brunswick, for twenty years until his brainstem stroke in 1999. Since then, he has been involved with Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick and numerous local and provincial committees. Shawn lives in Rothesay, New Brunswick.

Book Details

January 2020
5.5x8.5 in
288 pp
January 2020
288 pp