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Stroke victim recovering with fiancée's love and unconventional Ambien treatment

Rock Center

When Sally Nielsen's fiance, Sam Goddard, suffered several strokes and was left in a vegetative state, she faced a tough choice. Would she stay with Goddard and try to help him recover or would she end their relationship? Nielsen was just 23 years old when, because of the steep challenges Goddard's parents knew their son faced, his family gave her their blessing to move on with her life. Nielsen chose to stay with Goddard. Her love and commitment to Goddard helped find a surprising treatment: the sleep medication Ambien.

 


Watch Sara James' full report, 'I'm Here,' about Sam Goddard's surprising recovery, originally aired December 26 on Rock Center with Brian Williams.