Never Give Up On Life

Man Trapped in “Coma” for 23 Years, Conscious the Entire Time

A car crash victim has spoken of the horror he endured for 23 years after he was misdiagnosed as being in a coma when he was conscious the whole time.

Rom Houben, trapped in his paralysed body after a car crash, described his real-life nightmare as he screamed to doctors that he could hear them – but could make no sound.

‘I screamed, but there was nothing to hear,’ said Mr Houben, now 46, who doctors thought was in a persistent vegatative state.

‘I dreamed myself away,’ he added, tapping his tale out with the aid of a computer.

Mr Houben said: ‘All that time I just literally dreamed of a better life. Frustration is too small a word to describe what I felt.’

His case has only just been revealed in a scientific paper released by the man who ‘saved’ him, top neurological expert Dr Steven Laureys.

‘Medical advances caught up with him,’ said Dr Laureys, who believes there may be many similar cases of false comas around the world.

The disclosure will also renew the right-to-die debate over whether people in comas are truly unconscious.

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1. People who are in  “vegetative states” are still people! They may be severely disabled, but that doesn’t take away their humanity. And it is never OK to kill another person.
2.  I have faith in medical research and technology. Every day medical researchers are working hard to discover cures and therapies for people in “persistent vegetative states”. In this man’s case, modern brain scans discovered that his brain was active and functioning normally! This leads me to wonder, what are doctors going to discover next? So, instead of fighting for legislation to kill these people, let’s work to help fund cures for them.
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One Response to Never Give Up On Life

  1. Brad says:

    I agree with your points on euthanasia. However, there’s another disturbing issue with this story.

    Watch the video on this page: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/975121/belgian-coma-man-was-just-awake-for-23-years

    That’s how the man is “talking” right now. Some lady literally moves his index finger to type things. Watch it again. Are… are his eyes even open? Is he asleep?

    It’s a controversial, widely discredited practice called “facilitated communication.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facilitated_communication

    Actually, you may have heard of it, as it’s often practiced on severe autistics.

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