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The preparation was fully warranted, since the boy's father, 30-year-old Aaron Farris, was diabetic and therefore subject to bouts of unconsciousness, which can be caused either by diabetic coma (hyperglycemia) or insulin shock (hypoglycemia).
After that healed, he was sleeping and went into low blood glucose, insulin shock. The resulting muscle spasms in his body fractured his right femur.
Patients must have daily insulin injections, and they live on the balance beam between diabetic coma (too much acid in the blood from an inability to use blood sugar) and insulin shock (too much insulin taken to protect against diabetic coma).
The film compresses all of Nash's hospitalization into one where he received insulin shock therapy to the point of grand mal convulsions.
Insulin shock is a more severe condition of an insulin reaction that occurs when blood-sugar levels rapidly decrease and are not countered by some form of glucose.

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