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Breathing Room



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After a large earthquake, a claustrophobic man finds himself trapped inside of an MRI machine, where he must battle against time and his own mind to escape.

Forty-two-year-old Michael Potter is about to have a very bad day. After discovering a lump in his throat, his wife coaxes him into having it examined. Although never a fan of doctors, Michael knows, if not for himself, he must have it checked out for the sake of his wife and their five-year-old daughter.

Not only does Michael have a fear of physicians, he's extremely claustrophobic. Unfortunately for him, having an MRI test is the most accurate form of diagnosis for his specific condition.

After building up enough nerve, Michael makes it for the test. Not only will he face finding out if he has cancer or not, he'll have to remain in the extremely small space of the MRI machine for a dreaded forty-five minutes.

Come test time, it appears that Michael's made it. Then, with only a few minutes to go before completion, a large earthquake shakes the entire hospital. The jolt damages the MRI machine just enough to trap him inside. However, it's only the beginning! A series of aftershocks strike, collapsing the entire hospital building, burying Michael and Emily Yoo (the MRI technician) in a colossal heap of debris. While trapped inside, the two of them reflect on the trials and tribulations of life, and what they would do if they had a second chance..

Submitted: October 31, 2017
Last Updated: April 29, 2020
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The Writer: Lance Wallick

Lance Wallick is an American born screenwriter, author, and journalist that resides in Huntington Beach, California. Before focusing on his creative endeavors full time, he worked as a research and creative content writer for a daily equities newsletter. Lance studied literature and creative writing at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well Journalism at Ventura College in Ventura, California. His love for film started when he was a child. Lance started shooting homemade movies at the ripe old age of ten on his father's VHS camcorder. As a young adult, he worked as an extra on several movie and commercial sets. In his writing, Lance claims to draw much of his... Go to bio

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