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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 ( – 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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.
  • 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 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...
  • Terri Schiavo 2 in NJ with my husband

    06/25/2006 3:33:39 PM PDT · by Simplemines · 83 replies · 2,536+ views
    6/25/06 | Simplemines
    Many of you replied when I originally posted my husband's horrible hospital odyssey of several months ago. Things were going okay in the Catholic hospital, until my husband knocked out his trach in his sleep. The alarm didn't go off. My husband can breathe on his own, and the ventilator was giving him some small support. His heart stopped. They resuscitated him, and he's been in a twilight since. The dr. he has has given up on him - this has only been a week. My husband IS starting to respond and focus, but the dr. doesn't care. He's pressuring...
  • Can Ambien Wake Up PVS Patients?

    05/24/2006 5:14:02 PM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 17 replies · 2,409+ views
    American Journal of Bioethics blog ^ | May 23, 2006 | Editors, AMJB
    Can Ambien Wake Up PVS Patients? The Guardian gives credence to a case report concerning three patients purportedly diagnosed in PVS for more than three years who were "aroused transiently every morning after zolpidem," a sleeping pill. That would be Ambien. The report, by Clauss and Nel, of Royal Surrey County Hospital and of Family Practice of Pollack Park South Africa, was published in this month's issue of Neurorehabilitation. There are 26 million annual prescriptions for Ambien, most of which are probably not to patients in a persistent vegetative state. Recall that Ambien is oft reported to cause odd behavior...
  • Sleeping pills offer wake-up call to vegetative patients Drug could overcome brain shutdown...

    05/23/2006 5:14:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1,187+ views ^ | 23 May 2006 | Michael Hopkin
    Close window Published online: 23 May 2006; | doi:10.1038/news060522-9 Sleeping pills offer wake-up call to vegetative patients Drug could overcome brain shutdown caused by trauma.Michael Hopkin Clinical researchers have discovered that they can rouse semi-comatose patients by giving them, bizarrely, a common sleeping drug. If more wide-ranging tests are successful, the drug could become the first effective treatment for 'persistent vegetative state', the condition at the centre of the US legal battle over sufferer Terri Schiavo last year. British and South African doctors have reported the cases of three semi-comatose patients who were revived for several hours at a...
  • Mom seeks to euthanize girl she gave up

    12/06/2005 9:31:35 AM PST · by Warhammer · 106 replies · 2,758+ views
    AP via the Washington Times ^ | December 6, 2005 | Adam Gorlick
    WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Allison Avrett's photos show her daughter Haleigh as a smiling little girl with brown bangs hanging over her squinting eyes. Those pictures were taken before Mrs. Avrett gave up Haleigh for adoption five years ago, and long before the purported beating that landed the 11-year-old in a hospital attached to the ventilator and feeding tube. Now, with Haleigh's doctors saying she will never recover from her vegetative state, the child is at the center of a life-and-death legal struggle.
  • Carrots Don't Cry

    04/20/2005 10:26:51 AM PDT · by Doneel · 51 replies · 1,423+ views ^ | April 17, 2005 | Rachel Ginsberg Carrots Don't Cry by Rachel Ginsberg Doctors said that Marsi Tabak would remain in a persistent vegetative state for the rest of her life. With tireless dedication and a warehouse of faith, her husband proved them wrong. "True redemption is the freedom from preconceived notions and breaking out of the bonds of hopelessness, knowing that the Almighty is with you and making miracles for you all the time," says Dr. Yacov Tabak. He should know. Seven years ago his wife, Marsi, suffered prolonged oxygen deprivation after a heart attack and was given a grim diagnosis: persistent vegetative state (PVS)....
  • Buffalo Firefighter Awakens from 10 Year Coma

    05/02/2005 12:02:37 PM PDT · by bolingbroke · 49 replies · 3,496+ views
    WBEN Radio, Buffalo, NY ^ | May 2, 2005 | Paul Szelgowski
    In what family members are calling a miracle, a Buffalo firefighter is talking again after nearly a decade in a brain-damaged state. Donald Herbert suffered severe injuries when a roof collapsed on him while he was fighting a fire in December 1995. The injury left him brain damaged and unable to speak.

    03/26/2005 7:59:22 AM PST · by Xenurus · 5 replies · 605+ views
    March 25, 2005 | Xenurus
    Defense of adulterer Michael Schiavo's thirteenth public attempt to murder his invalid wife (with the aid and abetment of the Florida courts) only manifests that America’s conscience is in a Persistent Vegetative State. Depriving a cat of food and water for a week would see Schiavo in an orange jumpsuit by nightfall---with the torches and pitchforks of PAWS, PETA and Greenpeace at his jugular. Merely human, Terri has no such rescuer; tortured to death in Florida as the 300 million of us sit and watch. Not one man can be found in America. Had she, like Charles Manson, been imprisoned...
  • Government Reform Field Hearing in Florida Postponed

    03/25/2005 2:49:37 AM PST · by Harry Jones · 2 replies · 433+ views
    House Committee on Government Reform ^ | March 23, 2005 | MEDIA ADVISORY

    03/25/2005 12:17:45 AM PST · by STARWISE · 5,061 replies · 79,903+ views
    various | 3-24-05
    Judge George Greer ruled that the State of Florida has no right to take custody of Terri Schiavo, which ruling came hours after an appeal by Terri's parents to re-insert the feeding tube was refused by the U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, another hearing was scheduled tonight before US District Judge James D. Whittemore .. the same judge who previously heard and denied the request subsequent to the 'de novo' intention of the law past last weekend by the Congress and signed by President Bush, in an effort to confirm that no stone was left unturned before Terri would endure legally...
  • Jeb Bush Not Likely to Ride to Rescue [Terri Schindler-Schiavo]

    03/24/2005 10:50:16 PM PST · by Messianic Jews Net · 156 replies · 2,735+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 2005-03-25 01:00 EST | Staff
    STARVATION: DAY 8 Jeb Bush not likely to ride to rescue Florida governor indicates he won't defy court order Posted: March 25, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 Those hoping Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will step forward to save Terri Schiavo from imminent, court-ordered starvation death are likely to be disappointed, based on his comments to a group of reporters following county court Judge George Greer's ruling against the state's effort to take custody of the brain-injured woman at the center of a worldwide euthanasia controversy. While Bush reiterated his motivation to save Schiavo, based on new evidence that...
  • Help Save My Daughter From Starvation (Appeal from Terri Schiavo's father)

    02/23/2005 5:45:40 AM PST · by ViLaLuz · 102 replies · 5,083+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Feb. 22, 2005 | Bob Schindler Sr.
    Please find below an important message from Terri Shiavo's father, Bob Schindler Sr. They have some important information to share with you regarding new attempts to starve his disabled daughter to death. Please take action right away on this important issue.Thank   Help Save My Daughter From Starvation! (from Terri Schiavo's father) Dear Friend of Life,By now you have probably heard about a young woman who is threatened with starvation in Florida.That young woman is my daughter, Terri. In 1990, through circumstances which are shrouded in mystery (and may involve a criminal act by Terri's estranged husband), my...
  • Feeding Tube To Remain. Judge Issues Stay.[Terri Schiavo]

    02/22/2005 11:29:33 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 573 replies · 13,350+ views
    Per foxnews alert!
  • Terri’s ‘Exit Protocol’

    01/14/2005 1:09:55 AM PST · by amdgmary · 36 replies · 1,310+ views
    The Catholic Standard & Times ^ | Jan 10, 2005 | Susan Brinkmann
    On Oct. 27, 2003, Michael Schiavo, the husband of the cognitively disabled Florida woman, Terri Schindler-Schiavo, appeared on Larry King Live to explain why he was fighting so hard to remove his wife’s feeding tube. His appearance was only days after the Florida legislature intervened to have Terri’s feeding tube reinserted for the second time in two years. Michael Schiavo insisted that he wanted to help his wife “die with dignity.” He told King: “It’s painless, and probably the most natural way to die. It is a very easy way to die — probably the second best way to die,...
  • Peace, and Kucinich, Gets a Chance

    01/17/2004 7:11:13 PM PST · by NYC GOP Chick · 11 replies · 229+ views
    New York Slimes ^ | 1.18.2004 | JENNIFER 8. LEE
    Mark Kegans for The New York TimesTHEY'RE QUIRKY, AND THEY VOTE A dome in Fairfield, Iowa, where residents meditate. They overwhelmingly support Dennis Kucinich, who leads Democrats there. AIRFIELD, IowaIn this little pocket of Iowa, houses are built to face the rising sun, something called yogic flying is a popular pastime and Dennis J. Kucinich is a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.Even as much of the country still struggles to pronounce his name (it's koo-SIN-itch), Mr. Kucinich has become a phenomenon in Fairfield, population 9,500. His proposals to promote world peace, universal health care and environmental sustainability...
  • Mom kept hope for girl who came out of vegetative state

    11/17/2003 11:02:14 AM PST · by cyn · 32 replies · 414+ views
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | 11/17/03 | Binyamin Appelbaum
    <p>Daughter's recovery after six months adds layer to debate over sustaining a patient's life. To look into your daughter's vacant eyes. To hold her indifferent hand. To wonder if she knows when you leave the room. For six months, Debbie Lord tried to raise her daughter Evelyn from what doctors described as a persistent vegetative state. Some of those doctors said Evelyn would never recover. They encouraged Lord to let the girl die.</p>
  • A 'Vegetative State' Poses Religious, Ethical Quandaries

    10/27/2003 10:43:15 AM PST · by yonif · 6 replies · 107+ views
    BeliefNet ^ | 10/27/2003 | USA Today
    Oct. 27--No one wants to make life-or-death decisions. Not for themselves. Not for a loved one. Terri Schiavo, like nearly all young people, had no written directives for her health care or end-of-life choices in 1990 when she had a heart attack and subsequent brain injury at age 26. Now her family, the courts, the Florida Legislature and, through media coverage, much of the nation are embroiled in a debate over whether she should be sustained on a feeding tube and who should decide.Her case prompts many to look at such critical decisions. Some people make their ethical choices in...
  • What if There Is Something Going On in There

    10/23/2003 2:33:39 PM PDT · by Right Wing Professor · 11 replies · 1,345+ views
    New York Times | September 28, 2003 | Carl Zimmer
    Daniel Rios is 24 years old, with wavy black hair, a thick mustache and a glassy stare that seems to look both at you and through you. One day almost four years ago, while he was taking a shower, a blood vessel ruptured in his brain, and he collapsed on the bathroom floor. After emergency surgery, he lay in a coma for three weeks. When he finally opened his eyes, he could not speak or move his body; his head simply lolled. In the months that followed, the doctors monitoring him at the Center for Head Injuries at the J.F.K....
  • What if There Is Something Going On in There? - (Terri Shiavo - erring to the side of caution)

    10/22/2003 9:04:44 AM PDT · by KosmicKitty · 53 replies · 1,406+ views
    New York Times Magazine ^ | 9/28/03 | CARL ZIMMER
    Daniel Rios is 24 years old, with wavy black hair, a thick mustache and a glassy stare that seems to look both at you and through you. One day almost four years ago, while he was taking a shower, a blood vessel ruptured in his brain, and he collapsed on the bathroom floor. After emergency surgery, he lay in a coma for three weeks. When he finally opened his eyes, he could not speak or move his body; his head simply lolled. In the months that followed, the doctors monitoring him at the Center for Head Injuries at the J.F.K....