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  • One-in-five ‘vegetative’ patients is misdiagnosed: Study

    06/01/2015 7:40:53 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/29/15 | Drew Belsky
    May 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Around 20 percent of hospital patients condemned as "brain-dead" are misdiagnosed – that is, those patients could be conscious and likely to recover. In fact, they may be as likely to respond to questions as healthy patients – they just lack the ability to communicate with the outside world.Neurosurgeon Adrian Owen of the University of Western Ontario and his colleagues performed brain scans on hospital patients diagnosed as being in what some call a "persistent vegetative state" – i.e., completely unresponsive and lacking brain activity. They asked the patients questions, and a brain scan showed...
  • Man Awakens After 12 Years in a “Vegetative State,” Says “I Was Aware of Everything”

    01/12/2015 5:26:57 PM PST · by Coleus · 110 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 1/12/15 | Sarah Zagorski 1/12/15
    In the 1980’s, 12-year-old Martin Pistorious became seriously ill with what doctor’s believed was Cryptococci Meningitis. His health started deteriorating and Martin lost his ability to move, make eye contact and even speak to others. His doctors told his parents, Rodney and Joan Pistorious, to bring him home and let him die. They told them he was as good as a vegetable.However, he didn’t die. Joan said, “Martin just kept going, just kept going.” According to NPR news, his father would get up at 5 o’clock in the morning, get him dressed, load him in the car, take him to...
  • Man Wakes Up After 12 Years in a "Vegetative State" Saying He Was "Aware of Everything"

    01/17/2015 4:41:55 PM PST · by kindred · 40 replies
    .breakingchristiannews.com ^ | 1/16/15 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    Cases like this are fueling a growing debate about the accuracy of "vegetative state" and "brain death" diagnoses. airlift(Harlow, England) - Martin Pistorius hates Barney. And it's no wonder why. For 12 years, while he was in a coma that doctors described as a "vegetative state," nurses, thinking that he couldn't see or hear anything, played endless re-runs of Barney as he sat, strapped into his wheel chair. (Photo via Life Site News) But Martin wasn't the "vegetable" that doctors said he was. In fact, he could see and hear everything. "I cannot even express to you how much I...
  • Scientists have found “hidden” brain activity that can indicate if a vegetative patient is aware

    10/17/2014 1:23:47 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 31 replies
    The new research could help doctors to quickly identify patients who are aware despite appearing unresponsive and unable to communicate. Researchers from University of Cambridge in the UK have identified hidden networks in vegetative patients that could support consciousness, even when a patient appear to be unresponsive. There’s been a lot of interest lately into how much patients in vegetative states, such as comas, are aware of their surroundings. Recently, research involving functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanning has shown that even patients who are unable to respond or move are able to carry out mental tasks, such as imagining...
  • PET Scans Offer Clues on Vegetative States

    04/15/2014 7:55:21 PM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | Apr 15, 2014 | Denise Grady
    People who are vegetative for a year are thought to have little or no chance of recovering, and the condition can become grounds for withdrawing medical treatment. Terri Schiavo, in a vegetative state for 15 years, died in 2005 in Florida after courts allowed the removal of her feeding tube. Researchers say the findings support the idea that some patients who appear vegetative have some level of consciousness that they cannot show — perhaps low, but real — and the potential to recover.
  • “Brain Dead” Teenager Awakens From Coma After Her Family Sings Hymns

    03/10/2014 6:01:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/14/14 | Steven Ertelt
    LifeNews has repeatedly chronicled cases of people who were prematurely declared dead or said to be in supposedly persistent vegetative states who ultimately recovered. Now comes the story of Lexi Hansen, a BYU student who suffered critical head injuries last week after being hit by a car. Hansen, 18, was alert and breathing on her own Tuesday, though she was still listed in critical but stable condition. She even tried to get out of her hospital bed. While she has a long road to recovery ahead, her family believes they have witnessed a miracle. lexihansen“When they brought her in, the...
  • Brain Death: Making the Distinctions

    01/22/2014 3:26:07 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | January 22, 2014 | Matthew Hanley
    Hundreds of thousands of people will be marching around the country today to protest the wholesale slaughter of life in the womb. Catholics and others have kept that fight alive, to good effect, for decades. But as a faith that values both faith and reason, Catholicism makes careful distinctions on other life issues as well.Most people, for instance, are not familiar with what, specifically, constitutes brain death. It is not the most pleasant of topics to ponder. And, thank God, few of us have a pressing reason to do so. But the tragic case of a 13-year-old Oakland girl, Jahi...
  • Husband Celebrates Miracle as 'Brain Dead' Wife Wakes Up in Hospital

    05/11/2011 5:48:53 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 17 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 5/11/11
    Gloria Cruz, 56, underwent brain surgery after a tumor was discovered when she suffered a stroke on March 7 and was rushed to the Royal Darwin Hospital in Darwin, Northern Territory. Doctors told her husband Tani Cruz, 51, the case was “hopeless” and she would probably die within 48 hours following the surgery. After two weeks, a breathing tube was inserted in Mrs Cruz's mouth and the ventilator was turned off. Hospital staff were stunned when she woke from her coma three days later.
  • Trace of Thought Is Found in ‘Vegetative’ Patient

    02/03/2010 6:50:55 PM PST · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 676+ views
    NYTimes ^ | February 03, 2010 | Benedict Carey
    Trace of Thought Is Found in ‘Vegetative’ Patient BENEDICT CAREY February 3, 2010 He emerged from the car accident alive but alone, there and not there: a young man whose eyes opened yet whose brain seemed shut down. For five years he lay mute and immobile beneath a diagnosis — “vegetative state” — that all but ruled out the possibility of thought, much less recovery. But in recent months at a clinic in Liège, Belgium, the patient, now 29, showed traces of brain activity in response to commands from doctors. Now, according to a new report, he has begun to...
  • Patients In 'Vegetative' State Can Think And Communicate

    02/03/2010 6:32:00 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 663+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | February 03, 2010 | Richard Alleyne and Martin Beckford
    Patients In 'Vegetative' State Can Think And Communicate Patients left in a “vegetative” state after suffering devastating brain damage are able to understand and communicate, groundbreaking research suggests. By Richard Alleyne and Martin Beckford 03 Feb 2010 'Vegetative state' brain scan images:: the fMRI images which were used as part of the study by Dr Adrian Owen [Pics in URL] Experts using brain scans have discovered for the first time that the victims, who show no outward signs of awareness, can not only comprehend what people are saying to them but also answer simple questions. They were able to give...
  • Patient in 23-year 'coma' was conscious all along

    12/24/2009 11:37:22 PM PST · by SmartInsight · 26 replies · 2,163+ views
    Ananova ^ | Dec 23, 2009 | Ananova News
    A car crash victim who was believed to have been in a coma for the past 23 years has been conscious the whole time. Rom Houben was paralysed but could not let doctors know that he could hear every word they were saying, reports the Daily Mail. "I dreamed myself away," said Mr Houben, now 46, who doctors thought was in a persistent vegatative state. Doctors conducted a series of coma tests before concluding that his consciousness was "extinct". But three years ago, new hi-tech scans showed his brain was still functioning almost completely normally. Mr Houben said: "All that...
  • Patient trapped in a 23-year 'coma' was conscious all along

    11/22/2009 5:51:33 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 93 replies · 6,895+ views
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 23rd November 2009 | Allan Hall
    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. 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.
  • Bioethics — Tough questions for us all to consider

    09/30/2009 11:22:59 PM PDT · by BykrBayb · 1 replies · 632+ views
    Meadville Tribune ^ | October 01, 2009 12:05 am | James F. Drane
    After World War II, the U.S. government invested an enormous amount of money in medicine; medical research, medical procedures and medical technologies. This investment made contemporary scientific medicine into American medicine, characterized by a continuing flow of new treatment possibilities. These advances raised all kinds of ethical questions. Some were personal and individual, others were social and political. Both type questions are addressed by a new academic discipline called bioethics. The first attempt to develop a scientific medicine took place in Greece in the 5th century B.C. It was called Hippocratic medicine. Closely linked with this first scientific medicine was...
  • "Diagnosing Humanity"

    01/28/2009 11:59:17 AM PST · by bowmanms · 94+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 1/27/2009 | Matt Bowman
    For our children.Get used to that, you're going to start hearing it in your sleep. Democrats have basically had two things to hang their hats on for the last 30 years or so: the Race Card and the Kid Card. When an argument for oppressive governmental interference can't be made on merit (can any of them?) it's time to pull out one of these trump cards. In most cases, according to Democrats, it's all about the kids. The ones they don't abort, anyway. It's almost like they want to give the kids a bonus for making it through that really...
  • Silent Minds What scanning techniques are revealing about vegetative patients.

    10/11/2007 11:58:32 AM PDT · by dellbabe68 · 18 replies · 1,066+ views
    Jerome Groopman
    Interesting article about the awareness of vegetative patients. We are not able to post the New Yorker's content, but check out the link. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/10/15/071015fa_fact_groopman?printable=true
  • Device wakes man with severe brain injuries

    08/01/2007 12:31:24 PM PDT · by red state girl · 29 replies · 947+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/1/2007 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - A man with severe brain injuries who spent six years in a near-vegetative state can now chew his food, watch a movie and talk with family thanks to a brain pacemaker that may change the way such patients are treated, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. The 38-year-old man is the first person in a minimally conscious state to be treated with deep-brain stimulation, a treatment that uses a pacemaker and two electrodes to send impulses into a part of the brain regulating consciousness.
  • Persistent vegetative state misdiagnosed 40% of time; patient slated for Schiavo-style death awakens

    07/17/2007 5:29:02 PM PDT · by Coleus · 16 replies · 585+ views
    AAPS ^ | 07.15.07
    According to a study by the Coma Science Group of the University of Liège, Belgium, up to half the patients in an acute vegetative state regain some level of consciousness. Results of the study are also consistent with previous studies showing that at least 40% of patients deemed to be in a persistent vegetative state are misdiagnosed. “The study showed how very hard it is to disentangle the minimally conscious state from the vegetative state,” says Dr. Steven Laureys. And in cases that health workers diagnosed as minimally conscious, 10% were actually communicating functionally. Comparing past studies on this...
  • Brief Awakening From a Coma (fully conscious for 3 days after six years then relapses)

    03/09/2007 12:24:57 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 27 replies · 1,340+ views
    NYT ^ | March 9, 2007 | MINDY SINK
    A woman who has been in a coma-like state for more than six years awoke for three days this week to talk with family members and eat her favorite foods before relapsing. “She was smiling and grinning and told my staff she wanted to go to a club, even doing a little chair dance in her wheelchair,” said one of her doctors, Randall Bjork. The woman, Christa Lilly, 49, suffered a cardiac arrest in November 2000. Since then, her mother, Minnie Smith, has been caring for her at home. Ms. Smith said Ms. Lilly had awakened five times, sometimes for...
  • Mental Activity Seen in a Brain Gravely Injured

    09/07/2006 9:05:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 999+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 8, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY
    A severely brain-damaged woman in an unresponsive, vegetative state showed clear signs on brain imaging tests that she was aware of herself and her surroundings, researchers are reporting today, in a finding that could have far-reaching consequences for how unconscious patients are cared for and how their conditions are diagnosed. In response to commands, the patient’s brain flared with activity, lighting the same language and movement-planning regions that are active when healthy people hear the commands. Previous studies had found similar activity in partly conscious patients, who occasionally respond to commands, but never before in someone who was totally unresponsive....
  • Vegetative State May be Caused by Brain Cooling from Oxygen Temperatures

    08/04/2006 5:31:24 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 33 replies · 1,511+ views
    Life News ^ | 8/4/06 | David Reardon
    LifeNews.com Note: David Reardon is the director of the Illinois-based Elliot Institute.The odds of recovery from brain injuries and vegetative states may be dramatically improved simply by restoring normal brain temperatures, according to a new medical theory published in the August issue of Medical Science Monitor.The study was inspired by the case of 53-year-old woman who suffered a heart attack and oxygen deprivation of the brain. In the course of a few days she slipped from consciousness to coma and then to a vegetative state. For the following thirty-one months she was receiving oxygen through a tube in her trachea.But...