posted on Nov, 23 2009 @ 06:37 AM
This is as much shocking as it is scary, A car crash victim who was "Thought" to have fell in to a coma for 23 years was in his words given a
Rom Houben was paralysed but had no way of letting doctors know that he could hear every word they were saying.
'I dreamed myself away,' said Mr Houben, now 46, who doctors thought was in a persistent vegetative state.
He added: 'I screamed, but there was nothing to hear.'
He was fully paralyzed but was fully aware for the whole 23 years, recent tests showed that his brain was close to normal, The Patient a 46 year old
man was given a new hi-tech scan which revealed the shocking results,
Mr Houben described the moment as 'my second birth'. Therapy has since allowed him to tap out messages on a computer screen.
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.
This really sends shivers up my spine, I wonder how many to end up passing away or having the life support turned of who may well be still fully aware
of what is going on,
It seems the stuff nightmares are made of, I think i used to fear being buried alive i think this now beats that,
I do hope though that this brings to light the many others in comas who need to be tested with these hi tech scans, Hopefully more research can be
done and these people shall be able to communicate once again,
This man will never bee able to walk but he can now communicate via computer and read books from a special screen above his bed,
I hope that now he can enjoy some life that he has been given back,
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[edit on 23-11-2009 by asala]