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Patient trapped in a 23-year 'coma' was conscious all along
Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 23rd November 2009 | Allan Hall

Posted on 11/22/2009 5:51:33 PM PST by EternalVigilance

A man thought by doctors to be in a vegetative state for 23 years was actually conscious the whole time, it was revealed last night.

Student Rom Houben was misdiagnosed after a car crash left him totally paralysed.

He had no way of letting experts, family or friends know he could hear every word they said.

46-year-old Rom Houbne was trapped in a coma for 23 years and had no way of letting anyone know he could hear what they were saying (pictured posed by model)

Rom Houben was trapped in a coma for 23 years and had no way of letting anyone know he could hear what they were saying (pictured posed by model)

'I screamed, but there was nothing to hear,' said Mr Houben, now 46.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: coma; conscious; deathcultivation; johnnygothisgun; life; moralabsolutes; patient; prolife; schiavo; terri; trapped; vegetativestate
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To: PghBaldy
Before my dad died, he was in a coma-like state, but I assumed he could hear.

My mother was in a coma for a few weeks before she died. I had read that hearing is the last sense to go. So for the final two weeks of her life I ensured that her favorite music was playing. I also sought out and invited family and friends to her death bed, including good friends he hadn't seen for years. We sat, chat, and laughed--sometimes uproariously--about the good memories and times we had enjoyed with her. It was our way of honoring her and comforting her on her journey out of this life. I don't know for sure that she heard us, but I'm reasonably confident she did. And if she did, she could have only been cheered.

51 posted on 11/22/2009 7:23:56 PM PST by behzinlea
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To: PghBaldy
Before my dad died, he was in a coma-like state, but I assumed he could hear.

My mother was in a coma for a few weeks before she died. I had read that hearing is the last sense to go. So for the final two weeks of her life I ensured that her favorite music was playing. I also sought out and invited family and friends to her death bed, including good friends she hadn't seen for years. We sat, chat, and laughed--sometimes uproariously--about the good memories and times we had enjoyed with her. It was our way of honoring her and comforting her on her journey out of this life. I don't know for sure that she heard us, but I'm reasonably confident she did. And if she did, she could have only been cheered.

52 posted on 11/22/2009 7:25:07 PM PST by behzinlea
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To: EternalVigilance

Just wow! I cannot imagine what this poor man has been going through all of these years. Humbling story.


53 posted on 11/22/2009 7:30:23 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: Bigg Red

Yeah. I guess if any of start feeling like we have it rough we should come back and read this story.


54 posted on 11/22/2009 7:38:52 PM PST by EternalVigilance (We're witnessing the slow strangulation death of American republican self-government and liberty.)
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To: EternalVigilance

I read a book similar to this.

Lady ended up typing a book one letter at a time with a pencil in her mouth.


55 posted on 11/22/2009 7:59:32 PM PST by TASMANIANRED
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To: EternalVigilance

The word “Hell” comes to mind.


56 posted on 11/22/2009 8:04:37 PM PST by ClaudiusI
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To: Sherman Logan

I agree, I would be insane. Thanks goodness he can communicate via computer and read now.


57 posted on 11/22/2009 8:07:29 PM PST by Freedom Dignity n Honor (There are permanent moral truths.)
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Ping


58 posted on 11/22/2009 8:27:13 PM PST by ChowChowFace
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To: EternalVigilance

59 posted on 11/22/2009 8:28:15 PM PST by Lesforlife ("For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb . . ." Psalm 139:13)
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To: Avoiding_Sulla

Time for the Death Culture to die!


60 posted on 11/22/2009 8:45:53 PM PST by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bomb-a administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: editor-surveyor; EternalVigilance

I’m with you, but it’s not happening anytime soon short of NOT avoiding Sulla.

See, we have a problem. Did you see the sentiment of many on this thread? Younger generations have been imbued with the thought that it’s better to be dead than “endure” in such a state. The teachers who tried to teach me “better red than dead” but failed, managed to convince later American students that “better dead than intravenously fed.”

Herr Houben can thank his lucky stars that he lives in contemporary Germany, rather than Hitler’s Germany, or contemporary Holland, England, or Florida.


61 posted on 11/22/2009 8:54:12 PM PST by Avoiding_Sulla (Yesterday's Left = today's status quo. Thus "CONSERVATIVE": a conflicted label for battling tyranny.)
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To: EternalVigilance

The euthenasia and abortion ghouls had one get away from them....


62 posted on 11/22/2009 9:03:14 PM PST by PGR88
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To: EternalVigilance

Was his doctor Robin Cook?


63 posted on 11/22/2009 9:30:35 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (The Marching Morons are coming...and they vote! Oops; too late They've arrived!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
"You wouldn’t make it 3 months in a coma under obamadeth. They will take those scarce resources and make them available to some other “higher” purpose. The government will pull your plug and you won’t be able to stop them."

Just think of all the abortions that could have been performed with the money that was spent on this guy! That's what our magic muslim mulatto leader will do if possible. mmm mmm mmm!

64 posted on 11/22/2009 9:47:42 PM PST by matthew fuller (BHO- Imam of the Black Liberation National Socialist American Democrat Party.)
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To: Lesforlife

I dont think that condition is a fair comparison to this one. Two different scenarios.


65 posted on 11/22/2009 10:09:03 PM PST by Soothesayer9
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To: Soothesayer9; Lesforlife
I dont think that condition is a fair comparison to this one. Two different scenarios.

Precisely.

Herr Houben apparently did not have a spouse who wanted him dead.

66 posted on 11/22/2009 10:14:11 PM PST by Avoiding_Sulla (Yesterday's Left = today's status quo. Thus "CONSERVATIVE": a conflicted label for battling tyranny.)
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To: EternalVigilance

which is why I never say anything in front of the dying I don’t want them to hear


67 posted on 11/22/2009 10:14:44 PM PST by wardaddy (The movie Valkyrie was excellent...I was surprised. What a cast.)
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To: word_warrior_bob

I never did see the movie. The book is so powerful.


68 posted on 11/22/2009 10:15:06 PM PST by peggybac
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To: mamelukesabre

Tales From the Crypt (1972) had a scary scene where a woman wanted her dead husband “alive” again after he died. He had been embalmed so he woke up screaming from the pain.


69 posted on 11/22/2009 10:19:00 PM PST by boop (Democracy is the theory that the people get the government they deserve, good and hard.)
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To: wardaddy

The hearing is the last to go.


70 posted on 11/22/2009 10:25:15 PM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: BallyBill

Joseph Cotton played the tycoon who was in an auto accident in Alfred Hitchcock’s show, “The Breakdown.”


71 posted on 11/23/2009 12:11:40 AM PST by syriacus (Libs hate Palin because she has decided to be cheerful, without getting their permission to do so.)
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To: syriacus
"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" Breakdown (1955) starring Joseph Cotton as the paralyzed man.
72 posted on 11/23/2009 12:15:03 AM PST by syriacus (Libs hate Palin because she has decided to be cheerful, without getting their permission to do so.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

reminds me of the Metallica video for “One”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzgGTTtR0kc


73 posted on 11/23/2009 3:42:20 AM PST by RatsDawg (At least we don't have to worry about riding in Ted Kennedy's car anymore...)
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To: EternalVigilance

Yeah. I guess if any of start feeling like we have it rough we should come back and read this story.

^^^
Exactly what I was thinking. It seems that every time I have been in a tight spot in my life and started feeling sorry for myself, I run into someone who is much worse off than I am. I have come to see it as the Holy Spirit elbowing me to be grateful for all that I do have.


74 posted on 11/23/2009 5:55:37 AM PST by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: Sherman Logan
Remarkable he retained his sanity. I don’t think I could.

One of the comments likened his condition to being buried alive but kept on life support. I WOULD go insane........

75 posted on 11/23/2009 6:02:42 AM PST by Hot Tabasco
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To: AnAmericanMother
When I was in High School, I had a Ham receiver and heard CQ, CQ, CQ many times. Never did learn how to change the dot-dashes back into letters. :0(
76 posted on 11/23/2009 6:18:45 AM PST by seemoAR
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To: 1010RD
Reiterating the traditional medical ethic on the care of the unconscious and comatose, Catholic Bishops reiterate the duty to provide nutrition/hydration in cases of severe disability

An important reminder.

77 posted on 11/23/2009 7:28:08 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("He who loves his neighbor, has fulfilled the whole law." Romans 13:8)
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To: AnAmericanMother

LOL

SOundslike my cell phone - wish I could get a ringtone that would send my callsign...

Oh well.


78 posted on 11/23/2009 7:57:09 AM PST by ASOC (Cave quid dicis, quando, et cui)
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To: ASOC
Now THAT would be funny!

I'm a minor sort of ham, casual conversation type, but my husband is a die-hard DXer - he's at 335 right now, ARRL having belatedly allowed his Yemen contact. Needs N. Korea (the biggie), Kingman Reef, and Glorioso.

I need to put him to work on figuring out a ringtone.

79 posted on 11/23/2009 8:05:18 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: goat granny
As my mom was dying earlier this year, she wasn't in a coma, but spent much of the time in a pretty deep sleep (pneumonia, congestive heart stuff).....the nurses - all of 'em - would remind us that she was probably "hearing" us as we'd discuss her condition.

It really did comfort us a bit as we were saying our farewells.

80 posted on 11/23/2009 8:16:24 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama is a DIC....... Ditherer-in-Chief)
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To: buccaneer81

“But this poor guy, was [maintaining his life] worth it under his circumstances?”


The person to ask is him. I hope someone asks him that very question.


81 posted on 11/23/2009 8:22:37 AM PST by John Leland 1789
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82 posted on 11/23/2009 10:11:23 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: ErnBatavia

I am glad you got to say your farewell’s...I am sure she heard you and it made her feel very loved....:O)


83 posted on 11/23/2009 10:25:07 AM PST by goat granny
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To: EternalVigilance
Pinged from Terri Dailies


84 posted on 11/23/2009 4:25:49 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Woof - I live in Ak and thought getting a confirmed HL9 was a biggie - that and working Jim Smith (VK9NS Norwalk IS) on 10M SSB!

Jim is a SK as of April, so will no longer be able to delight the newer DX hounds.... a shame, one of the last of the real gentlemen of the old school


85 posted on 11/23/2009 4:34:42 PM PST by ASOC (Cave quid dicis, quando, et cui)
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To: ASOC
I will check to see if hubby worked VK9NS - I know he has Norfolk in the log.

We are losing a lot of the old school guys, which is really too bad. I think of us as newbies, but we're pushing 60 these days . . . .

86 posted on 11/23/2009 4:44:57 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: PghBaldy
God bless this man and all who suffer in silence.

You must have been a light for his soul!

87 posted on 11/23/2009 5:24:39 PM PST by Bellflower (If you are left DO NOT take the mark of the beast and be damned forever.)
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To: goat granny

Kind of makes you wonder how anyone could advocate starving and dehydrating someone like that to death, doesn’t it? How does someone make the leap from caring for someone to killing them? That takes a special kind of evil.


88 posted on 11/23/2009 5:48:20 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Avoiding_Sulla; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ..

Thanks Avoiding_Sulla.

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89 posted on 11/23/2009 6:16:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: EternalVigilance

Hello LAWSUIT! He probably heard them talking about pulling the plug on him! Or having sex with his wife or girl friend.


90 posted on 11/23/2009 8:01:53 PM PST by 2harddrive
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To: Pelham

John Larroquette?


91 posted on 11/24/2009 7:48:52 PM PST by Das Outsider ("It's a California 'thang.'" -- Michael Savage)
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To: Das Outsider

That’s one House I missed. I did learn about locked-in syndrome some years ago, and it still gives me the creeps.


92 posted on 11/24/2009 8:50:36 PM PST by Pelham ("Badges?!! We don' need no stinkin' badges!!")
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To: peggybac

NEver read the book, but the movie’s the scariest I’ve ever seen, for just the reasons described.


93 posted on 11/24/2009 11:49:44 PM PST by Category Four (Joy, Fun, the Joke Proper, and Flippancy ... Flippancy is the best of all.)
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To: EternalVigilance

Wow.


94 posted on 12/05/2009 9:25:45 PM PST by Joya (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, have mercy on me, a sinner!)
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