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Meridee Gabbard, the mother of Zach Gabbard, recently self-published a book on the experience of almost losing her child when Zach collapsed during a Perham High School basketball game two years ago. Charly Haley / The Forum

Mother of Perham teen who collapsed during game publishes book

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PERHAM, Minn. - Meridee Gabbard was never a writer.

But when her son collapsed on a basketball court two years ago due to cardiac arrest, suffered 30 minutes without oxygen and spent months in recovery, Gabbard needed a way to cope.


During her son Zach's recovery, Gabbard started a journal.

Piecing together journal entries and memories, Gabbard recently self-published a book, "You're Never Promised Another Day."

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