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  • Woman in vegetative state gives birth at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix

    01/05/2019 9:53:13 AM PST · by bgill · 58 replies
    azfamily ^ | Jan. 4, 2019 | Catherine Mejia
    Sources tell Arizona's Family that the alleged victim has been a patient at the Hacienda HealthCare facility, which is near 16th Street and South Mountain Avenue, for at least a decade after a near-drowning incident left her in a vegetative state. That woman gave birth to a baby boy on Dec. 29. “None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth,” a source familiar with the situation said... The source says the patient required around-the-clock care and many would have access to her room. “She had no way to defend herself in...
  • Comatose woman unexpectedly awakens in time for Christmas, asks for water

    12/22/2017 8:29:01 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 34 replies
    Life Site News ^ | December 22, 2017 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    Sheila Lewis was in a coma and hadn’t had anything to eat or drink for 12 days. Her family expected her to die, but instead she woke up and asked for a glass of water. Now she'll be able to celebrate Christmas with her family. On Labor Day, Sheila, a grandmother, began to rapidly lose her memory. “She could not grasp what day it was,” daughter Brandy Arends told Forum News Service. She says they “instantly” know something was very wrong. Indeed, something was very wrong. “She kept saying my brain is in a fog,” Chasity Brandt, another of Sheila’s...
  • Dancing With the Stars contestant was in a ‘vegetative state’ for 4 years as a child

    10/19/2017 8:50:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 10/19/2017 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    HOLLYWOOD, California, October 18, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — After Victoria Arlen spent four years in a “vegetative” state, many in the medical establishment had given up on her. Now she’s whirling across a stage competing on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” At age 11, Arlen started showing signs of two rare disorders that caused swelling in her brain and spinal cord. But doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Untreated, she began to lose function in her legs, then her hands and arms. She couldn’t swallow and couldn’t think of the words she wanted to say. Ultimately, her body shut down...
  • ‘There is hope’: Man comes out of ‘permanent vegetative state’ after 15 years

    10/02/2017 11:56:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 10/02/2017 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    LYON, France, October 2, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — No human being is ever a “vegetable,” but the phrase “Permanent Vegetative State” certainly described “Jack.” If someone falls into a “Persistent Vegetative State” (PVS), being completely unaware and unresponsive for a whole year, their condition is diagnosed as permanent.   Colloquially speaking, Jack (a pseudonym) looked awake, but he “wasn’t there.” Now, French doctors have shattered that medical conviction by reviving the 35-year-old man who spent 15 unresponsive years after a severe car accident. Doctors implanted a device to stimulate Jack’s vagus nerve, the longest of the involuntary nerves that runs...
  • 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 Ličge, 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.