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Audiences Nationwide Will 'Awake' to a Frightening Reality on November 30th
Date:10/23/2007

Feature Film Depicts a Patient Experiencing Anesthetic Awareness

1 out of 700 patients a year experience anesthetic awareness

NEW YORK, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- On November 30th, "Awake" will debut in theaters nationwide exposing the horrifying, true-life surgical event known as "anesthetic awareness." In "Awake" a patient's failed anesthesia leaves him fully conscious but physically paralyzed during surgery. The patient's new wife is forced to struggle with her own demons as a terrifying drama unfolds around the couple. Jessica Alba, Hayden Christensen, Terrence Howard, Lena Olin and Fisher Stevens star in the psychological thriller which is written and directed by Joby Harold. "Awake" is being theatrically distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM).

According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, anesthetic awareness is "when surgical patients can recall their surroundings or an event - sometimes even pain - related to their surgery while they were under general anesthesia." (1)

According to the Anesthesia & Analgesia journal, anesthetic awareness can include full consciousness during surgery with pain and explicit recall of intraoperative events. (2)

"This film will do to surgery what 'Jaws' did to swimming in the ocean," said Deutsch/Open City Films co-founder and producer Joana Vicente.

Joby Harold stated, "We have created an original and scary experience unlike anything audiences have seen before. The prospect of being conscious during surgery elicits a visceral response in everyone, and I can't wait for audiences to join us on this unique, fun ride."

Carol Weihrer, President and Founder of the Anesthesia Awareness Campaign, Inc., stated, "I've been following the progress of 'Awake' since the project was announced, and as a victim of anesthesia awareness, I dedicated the last nine years to educating the public to help them understand the
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