My Musing Space: People in coma may be aware of their surroundings

Friday, September 15, 2006

People in coma may be aware of their surroundings

Real life imitating art???

An interesting news item was presented today on CNN. In Britain a woman, seemingly in a vegetative state, reacts to people talking to her by imagining things on demand, which then can be observed on the MRI machine. Last year, in a successful Canadian TV series, ReGenesis, a British scientist devised a way to communicate with a young man in a similar vegetative state. Coincidence? Maybe yes, maybe not...

The woman had the accident 11 month ago. The discovery of her being aware of her surroundings was made 5 months after the accident, which puts it at six month ago. Could the film makers have heard about this discovery? Who knows! I suppose we could only find out if we spoke to the writer of Regenesis.


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