Sonia's mother had a devastating stroke in 2005 when she was in her sixties. She appeared initially to make some recovery but a few days later had major swelling of the brain. Clinicians rang her family, telling them her life was in danger, and a decision was made to do a craniotomy. An early bout of pneumonia was aggressively treated, but when pneumonia developed again the decision was made to keep Sonia's mother comfortable but not treat with antibiotics, and her mother died in 2007.
Sonia is 45 years old.