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Archive for November 24, 2009

“Vegetative state” man says he was alert but mute for 23 years

Imagine this. You are lying in a hospital bed, in a coma, apparently dead to what is happening around you. But you experience it all the same, hear what is being said about and to you, and try in vain to communicate with your loved ones and the world outside.

That is what happened to Ron Houben, a Belgian student who spent 23 years in a so-called persistent vegetative state, after being paralysed by a 1983 car crash.

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