A medically induced coma isn’t usually a spark for romance, but it’s what helped Emily V Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, writers of The Big Sick, put the seal on their love – as well as giving them material for the film in which Nanjiani also starsWhen Emily V Gordon, then 27 years old, drove to a medical clinic in Chicago she thought she would be in and out in an hour. She had a cold that she couldn’t shift and strange parts of her body ached; she found herself sometimes a little short of breath when she walked. On the way to the clinic, she’d stopped at Wendy’s to buy a Frosty, an ice-cream dessert that was the big treat from her childhood. She thought it would cheer her up, but she left it half-finished in a cup holder. “I was coming back for that Frosty,” says Gordon a decade on.
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