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Amazing! Scientists awake patient from 6 years in coma like state.

In 2007, 21st century, amazing story, coma, coma patient, health, Life, Living, Medical Science, new york, News, People, science, Science & Technology, Society, surgery, technology, United States, US News, USA, World News on August 2, 2007 at 1:04 pm

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In what could be a major breakthrough, scientists from the United States have been able to wake a man from a near vegetative state, and he can now talk to his family, watch TV and chew.

The 38-year-old from Ohio had been in a coma like state for 6 years, after being mugged and bashed, but when neuroscientists from New York and News Jersey used a pacemaker and two electrodes to send impulses into a part of the brain regulating consciousness, the mans quality of life was dramatically improved.

Media reports:

Unable to chew or swallow, the Cleveland patient, who has been identified only as an artist with two brothers, was fed by tube and could communicate solely through slight movements of his eyes and fingers.

Although he still does not initiate conversation, the surgery has allowed him to respond to questions with answers of up to three words. Several weeks ago, he recited the first half of the U.S. oath of allegiance without help.

The patient has also regained some movement in his limbs.

Electrodes were inserted into his thalamus, the region believed to be key in consciousness, to boost its speech and movement signals.

His mother said: “My son, as well as the entire family, had little hope of further recovery. Now he can eat, express himself and let us know if he is in pain.

“He can cry and he can laugh and, most importantly, he can say, ‘Mommy’ and ‘Pop’ and he can say, ‘I love you Mommy’. I still cry every time I see my son but it is tears of joy.”

The story is detailed HERE in the journal of Nature.

See related story on Jan Grzebski who suddenly woke up from a 19 year coma earlier this year.

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Jan Grzebski, 19 year coma patient, says 21st century people “never stop moaning”

In 2007, 21st century, amazing story, bbc, coma, coma patient, Communism, crazy, Crazy news, europe, Grzebski story, Human survival, Iron curtain, Jan Grzebski, Jan Grzebski video, mens health, mobile phone, Odd News, photography, Poland, psychological, time travel, Uncategorized, USA, World News on June 7, 2007 at 4:44 am

 

A Polish man who miraculously woke up form a 19 year old coma says he is amazed at the amount of goods available in shops, is taken aback at the way people walk around talking on their mobile phones, and cried when he discovered the communists were no longer in power.

 Railway worker Jan Grzebski, 65, fell into a coma after he was hit by a train in 1988. Grzebski credits his amazing tale of survival to his wife Gertruda who moved her husband many times a day over a nearly two decade period to prevent bed sores, and spoon fed him.

Doctors gave him only two or three years to live after the accident, “Those who came to see us kept asking: ‘When is he going to die?’ But he’s not dead…it was Gertruda that saved me, and I’ll never forget it.”

 “When I went into a coma there was only tea and vinegar in the shops, meat was rationed and huge petrol queues were everywhere…what amazes me today is all these people who walk around with their mobile phones and never stop moaning, I’ve got nothing to complain about,”Grzebski said  when asked on his thoughts of the Poland of 2007.

“I could not talk or do anything, now it’s much better…I wake up at 7 a.m., and I watch TV,” he said, smiling slightly.

Standing by her man:

“I would fly into a rage every time someone would say that people like him should be euthanized, so they don’t suffer,” his wife Gertruda told local newspaper Gazeta Dzialdowska. “I believed Janek would recover… This is my great reward for all the care, faith and love”.

“He remembers everything that was going on around him,” she said. “He talks about it and remembers the weddings of our children. He had fever around the time of the weddings, so he knew something big was taking place.”

What an amazing story, obviously a very lucky man indeed.

Jan (seated) and Gertrude Grzebski - video grab from Poland's TVP Jan and wife Gertruda Grzebsky

 The amazing story of Jan Grzebski from the BBC…

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