H-ISLA VISTA

Jan 24, 2012 9:00 PM by Nikki Ibarra

UCSB student educates community about the dangers of carbon monoxide

It's colorless, odorless, and tasteless. You don't know it's there, but it can hurt you the same way it harmed Nikkie Sedaghat.

"They told my mother, she had a two percent chance of living. She's not going to wake up for 6 months to a year, and she might not be the same person," said Sedaghat, a student at UCSB.

It all happened Thanksgiving break of last year. Nikkie was cold and asked her mom to turn on the heater in the guesthouse. She thought she was coming down with a cold, so she took some medicine.

"I think it was the cold medicine, but it was really the carbon monoxide that was slowly knocking me out," said Sedaghat.

The next morning, Nikkie didn't wake up, and she was rushed to the hospital. "They induced a coma and I was in a coma for 35 days," she said.

Nikkie finally woke up on December 29th, 2010.

She fought all odds, but it wasn't an easy fight. "My brain wasn't working. It's like I had gone back to 5th grade again," she noted.

Nikkie was in therapy until the day before she returned to UCSB last fall.

She's now on a mission to educate others. She spends her free time going door to door in Isla Vista, passing out carbon monoxide alarms to homes that don't have them.

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