Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Time to rethink the 'Vegetative State" UPDATED

This from the BBC:

A Canadian man who was believed to have been in a vegetative state for more than a decade, has been able to tell scientists that he is not in any pain.
It's the first time an uncommunicative, severely brain-injured patient has been able to give answers clinically relevant to their care.
Scott Routley, 39, was asked questions while having his brain activity scanned in an fMRI machine.
His doctor says the discovery means medical textbooks will need rewriting.
Read the whole thing here.

UPDATE: Of course you noted this part..
"Scott Routley's parents say they always thought he was conscious and could communicate by lifting a thumb or moving his eyes."
Exactly like Terry Schivao's parents.

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