I am searching for a one-word solution to replace "almost kills" in the sentence:

"When a devoted mother confronts a health care system that almost kills her daughter, her alter ego, desperate to protect…"

  • "Almost kills" is probably the best generic term. Anything else would have to be longer and likely distracting in the above. Eg, "within an inch of her life" is too "cute" -- you want something dry and fairly clinical in the above. – Hot Licks May 26 '17 at 12:13
  • Wounds is the general term for inflicting injury short of death, but does not convey the level of grievousness, – bib May 26 '17 at 12:52
  • Are you really talking about an actual event in the past? “... system that almost killed her daughter...”? – Jim May 26 '17 at 13:39
  • Why is her alter ego doing anything? What's wrong with her ego? – Xanne May 27 '17 at 4:36
  • @Jim It is for a finished script in which I played a bit with the future when I wrote it. In it, (if he had been, which he was) the new President Trump would replace Obamacare (which he did – almost) with something so much better that now 25 million Americans face a possible death trap if they do not come up with the money for their treatment. – Syk May 28 '17 at 7:20

Your options include: imperils, jeopardises, endangers


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