View Full Version : Man in coma for 23 years was conscious.

11-24-2009, 11:43 AM
Once I heard about this I felt saddend. Imagine lying on a hospital bed, being able to hear, see, think, and feel, but everyone thinks you are in a coma, and therefor, unconscious. For 23 years.
This happens to four out of ten people that are believed to be in a vegetative state but in reality is minimally conscious. It still blows me away that this man stayed this way for 23 years...


11-24-2009, 01:09 PM
I can't. I fucking can't. My original thought was 'I'd fucking kill myself'. I'm claustrophobic, this is like the ultimate form of claustrophobia for me. Fuck, fuck, fuck.

11-24-2009, 01:15 PM
Well at least this will waken people up to avoid misdiagnosing people as vegetables and perhaps discover those who have been misdiagnosed.

11-24-2009, 01:32 PM
Sounds really boring.

11-24-2009, 01:40 PM
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11-24-2009, 01:49 PM
Sounds like it would fit well on this page:


11-24-2009, 02:58 PM
its on there tim. :o

11-24-2009, 03:11 PM
I just heard about that. Can you fucking believe it? He was totally aware. I feel so bad for that man!

11-24-2009, 03:12 PM
If anything like that happens to me, just smash my head with a hammer as soon as there would be no reaction from me for longer than 6 months (in case of some sort of a medicine miracle). I would appreciate it.

edit: On the second thought, 6 months would be too frustrating to live in a state like that. You can smash my head earlier. But if you really want to wait in case of a miracle, for God's sake don't wait longer than 6 months

11-24-2009, 03:45 PM
This is one of my biggest fears.

I'd go insane pretty quickly.

11-24-2009, 03:52 PM
Coincidentally, this was on House last season.

11-24-2009, 04:06 PM
Coincidentally, this was on House last season.

Yeah, I saw that.

11-24-2009, 04:43 PM
I go crazy after 30 seconds of sleep paralysis, this would... ugh. Terrifying.

11-24-2009, 04:58 PM
I concur. That is one of the most terrible feelings when you actually feel everything but cannot do a thing. Ugh. Just terrible even thinking about it.

11-24-2009, 05:47 PM
Still one expert questions the validity of this man's newfound consciousness. And I think he raises a good point, it would be nice if it had been confirmed in the article by someone other than his caretaker and the doctor who 'discovered' him.

11-25-2009, 05:25 AM
Seems like a bunch of nonsense to me (the communication part). That 'facilitated communication' technique has been discredited quite often. And on the vid reports I have seen, she's typing so fast with him having his eyes closed or not even looking at the 'keyboard'. Pure telepathy.

He might have locked-in syndrome though, but then he's probably already crazy by now.

11-25-2009, 06:03 AM
Sucks to be that guy.