Answer: The bulb you received was all primed and ready to produce a flower stalk and leaves. Overwatering probably killed it. It takes a lot of energy for the bulb to send out foliage and the foliage, in turn, collects energy from sunlight and sends it back down to the bulb for storage for the next year's bloom. If the bulb began using energy to send up the leaves, but the leaves died before they could return energy to the bulb, the bulb is probably beyond redemption.
If you hurry, you may be able to purchase a replacement bulb (they're on sale now at most garden stores), and your friend will never have to know about this disaster!
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