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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. After Tom Parmenter’s heart stopped beating, doctors and medical staff went above and beyond reviving him. His brain had been without life-giving oxygen for a dangerously long period of time. To protect his neurological function and preserve his quality of life, he was placed in a state of therapeutic hypothermia.

Through this experience, Tom states, “To be a miracle patient at the world’s greatest hospital is an incredibly humbling experience.”

Listen as Tom describes the experience from his perspective and shows his appreciation for everyone involved in his treatment and recovery, and how keeping a sense of humor is so important in overcoming obstacles.

Tom Parmenter is a self-described “free-range writer” who had an interesting experience and naturally wrote about it. His unique perspective are expressed through his sharp wit.


About the Speaker

Tom Parmenter

Tom Parmenter

Tom Parmenter made his living by his pen from the time he was a copyboy on the Atlanta Journal. He wrote satire at Purdue University and trekked to Chicago where he covered crime and politics for the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago and the semi-legendary Chicago’s American, the last gasp of the Hearst papers in Chicago. At trans-action magazine, he edited and wrote social-science journalism and covered the Detroit riots of 1967. He moved to the Boston area to serve as a publications associate for the Harvard Program on Technology and Society and Harvard Center for Law and Education. He joined Digital Equipment corporation as a technical writer in 1978 and ended up managing a software engineering group supporting technical documentation. He later managed documentation groups for Atria and Rational Software before retiring. He is currently a percussionist for the Jamaica Plain Honk Band, building on several years in the 70s in Velocette, a rock’n’roll band. He lives in West Newton.