Everyones Nightmare: 23 years in a "Coma" yet Conscious

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    I cannot imagine what this man experienced being 'awake' and unable to move.

    Patient trapped in a 23-year 'coma' was conscious all along | Mail Online

    This story brings to light another question, has the technology for determining "Brain Death" been flawed when loved ones 'pull the plug'?
     
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    He wasn't diagnosed as "brain dead".
     
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    And therein lies the problem with people politicizing medical issues.

    personally, i can't imagine a lot more horrifying than being kept alive while "locked in"...
     
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    Death isn't the worst thing that can happen to one.
     
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    I read of this with mounting horror and then amazement at the resilience of people. To be locked away from others and the way we see and validate ourselves [connection-contact-communication with others] is horrific. Add to this that medical technology pronounces so finally and then closes the door ... I am aghast.

    To medical science the man was a severely incapable being who had no hope. In the light of this he awoke and now lives. Medical science must inevitably ask questions of itself and continually reappraise its judgments.
     
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    That's you. Make sure you make a living will.

    Because this guy is thankful to be alive and able to communicate now.
     
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    Absolutely.
     
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    My living will is being amended to state in large capitol letters "For the love of God, leave the TV on!!!"
     

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