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Paralysed man blinked to stay alive as life support machine was about to be turned off
the daily mail ^ | 7/14/10 | David Derbyshire and Andrew Levy

Posted on 07/14/2010 9:05:26 PM PDT by Nachum

It is a decision no parent ever wants to make. But as the Rudd family watched their 43-year-old son lying paralysed and comatose on a life support machine, they came to a terrible conclusion.

Recalling a conversation where Richard told them he wouldn't want to be trapped in a useless body, his relatives agreed it was time to let him go.

Yet even as the Rudd family mentally prepared to say goodbye, his doctor made a startling discovery.

Despite his devastating spinal injuries, Richard Rudd was still able to blink his eyes in response to simple questions.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: alive; blinked; disabilities; man; moralabsolutes; paralysed; prolife

1 posted on 07/14/2010 9:05:30 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

This reminds me of book, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” a true story by journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby who decribed his life is like after suffering a massive stroke that left him with a condition called locked-in syndrome. Bauby, the editor-in-chief of Elle magazine, suffered a stroke and lapsed into a coma. He awoke 20 days later, mentally aware of his surroundings but physically paralyzed with the exception of some movement in his head and eyes (one of which had to be sewn up due to an irrigation problem). The entire book was written by Bauby blinking his left eyelid, which took ten months (four hours a day)


2 posted on 07/14/2010 9:11:24 PM PDT by Antioch (Benedikt Gott Geschickt)
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To: Antioch

The will to survive. Powerful.


3 posted on 07/14/2010 9:15:36 PM PDT by cubreporter ( Trust Rush and you won't go wrong.)
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To: Antioch

All the more reason to learn Morse code.

Wink-wi-wink-wi Wink-wink-wi-wink.


4 posted on 07/14/2010 9:16:11 PM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: Antioch
Great movie with a similar plot called Johnny Got His Gun about a World War I soldier with severe head injuries.
5 posted on 07/14/2010 9:20:33 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Antioch

I was going to make the same observation.

I saw the movie for the first time about a week ago. Pretty amazing.


6 posted on 07/14/2010 9:21:31 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Tex-Con-Man

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Diving_Bell_and_the_Butterfly


7 posted on 07/14/2010 9:23:09 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Nachum
Luckily for him, he didn't live in Florida.
8 posted on 07/14/2010 9:25:12 PM PDT by sarasmom (No incumbent re-elected, at any level of government office.(Period))
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Great movie with a similar plot called Johnny Got His Gun about a World War I soldier with severe head injuries.

Scenes from that were used in Metallica's "One" video.

9 posted on 07/14/2010 9:26:24 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: wagglebee

Great news ping!


10 posted on 07/14/2010 9:38:19 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Nachum

A keynote speech at UseNIX told of a patient whose
brain was surgically split at the corpus callosum to
isolate left and right hemispheres. Left and right
sides operate differently, but cooperatively to
form concepts and solve problems. The interesting
observation is that the patient would draw pictures
or letters in the palm of each hand. The separated
hemispheres of the brain realized they could
communicate via touch and shapes to bridge the
surgically cut communications path.


11 posted on 07/14/2010 9:48:26 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: QBFimi
All the more reason to learn Morse code.

Maybe I should learn Morse Code for, "Don't f@#$ing kill me!"

12 posted on 07/14/2010 10:00:35 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.)
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To: Nachum

If all I could do is blink at someone, I believe I’d MUCH rather find out what the ‘next world’ is like. However, to each his own.


13 posted on 07/14/2010 10:35:58 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Nachum

Wouldn’t a neurologist, as standard procedure, check for blinking responses in a paralysis/coma victim or is this the cut-rate care you get with British socialized medicine? Geez.


14 posted on 07/14/2010 10:38:58 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Nachum

This bears repeating.

>>When we are healthy and in good condition, it’s easy to say you would want to be switched off but when it actually happens it’s completely different,’ he said.>>


15 posted on 07/14/2010 11:21:48 PM PDT by MayfairFly ("Your total ignorance of that which you profess to teach merits the death penalty.")
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To: QBFimi

CQ


16 posted on 07/15/2010 2:10:48 AM PDT by Enterprise (As a disaster unfolds, a putz putts.)
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To: Nachum; 185JHP; 230FMJ; Albion Wilde; Aleighanne; Alexander Rubin; An American In Dairyland; ...
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17 posted on 07/15/2010 4:48:42 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: BykrBayb; floriduh voter; Lesforlife

Ping!


18 posted on 07/15/2010 4:51:32 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: QBFimi

Never expected to LOL on this thread! :)


19 posted on 07/15/2010 5:00:27 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: QBFimi; Nachum

Morse code is an excellent idea, probably useful in
more contexts that sign language, even simple sign language.
Unhappily the “incredible” part of this story is that
the family and medical staff recognized that the man was
communicating and did not ignore what he was saying.


20 posted on 07/15/2010 5:34:56 PM PDT by cycjec
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To: Nachum
Pinged from Terri Dailies


21 posted on 07/18/2010 11:37:51 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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