posted on Nov, 13 2011 @ 10:05 AM
Confirming long-held suspicions, researchers in Canada have come up with evidence that coma victims are indeed aware of their condition and
surroundings. The findings came about after patients in a persistent vegetative state were monitored with an inexpensive EEG rather than the more
complicated MRI technique.
That's right. We aren't talking about doctors suspicions, family suspicions, or anecdotal evidence from waking comatose patients. An actual test that
demonstrates that at least some coma patients are completely aware of what is going on around them, for months, and some instances, decades of being
in a "vegetative state".
I'm not aware of any prior tests of this sort done on comatose people, but if this is the first, it's about time someone showed some caring for these
victims that can be easily forgotten. I applaud the researchers in Canada. The comatose have received little respect elsewhere.
What if after some accident, you became comatose? How could you communicate that you're in pain so you could receive medication? How could you tell
someone that you are depressed need some counselling or a hug? How can you communicate that you're lonely and need interaction, even if you can't
communicate back. How long would it take for you to go insane? It's hard to think about after years of doctors reassuring the family member's that
your dad or mom or other relative is practically brain dead, and isn't experiencing a thing.
This pretty much seals the deal to my decision if I become so unfortunate to become comatose, unless there was a leap in technology that could help
the comatose communicate with the world, which they are working on.
New Way to Communicate With Brain Damaged People
New research using a portable electrode test suggests nearly 20 percent of those previously determined to be vegetative state may be consciously
aware of their surroundings and even able to communicate through easily detectable brain signals.
Then at least I could hold out some hope before giving up. Rights are nice to have, even if you're brain dead.
Again, thank you Canadian Researchers. +1 to Dr. Adrian Owen
edit on 13-11-2011 by satron because: (no reason given)