For my book, I need to find out what would happen to somebody after a fall injury (from quite high, let's say 2 stories). The patient is a 50 year old woman. I need her to be in intensive care, with life threatening injuries, but to be able to speak a little and be lucid from time to time. She's supposed to die about 12-14 hours after the accident.
I googled fall injury, intensive care unit, I read some stuff about patients staying in ICU and traumas.
However, my needs are really specific, and it's hard to find the info for something with that much requirements.
I actually don't care what kind of injury she has, I just need her to die after less than 20 hours, but she needs to be lucid a few hours before her death and be able to talk to her family. She musn't be intubated (otherwise she can't speak and that kinda ruins the whole point of my scene).I thought about brain trauma, but then I'm not sure she could stay alive and conscious that long.
Right now, after about 10 hours, she's considered stabilzed but still critical by the doctors. Do you have any clue or advice on what she could suffer from? The medicine is not as advanced as it is nowadays, it's more like in the 90s. She probably had internal bleedings, which have been taken care of by the doctors, but could it be a solution to my problem?
Thanks for your help!