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Just as lightning has disabled my computer's motherboard, Sacha's brainstem is threatened by an angioma. Her brain surgeons are dabbling in both fate and science

By Paul Broks   October 2004

Last month our house was struck by lightning. There were no preliminaries. The solitary blue flash and deafening bang came from nowhere out of a calm summer’s afternoon. As well as the phones, it blew my computer. “Your motherboard’s wrecked,” the engineer told me as he dismantled it. Several files seemed to have disappeared, one of them containing notes for an abandoned article on “risk evaluation.” I hadn’t backed it up. I mention this to Sacha Bonsor. She laughs. I was going to skim those notes ahead of our meeting. But it doesn’t matter. This isn’t a clinical consultation, and,…

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