19 years in coma

  1. it sparked my interest and thought i would share this article with others.

    http://www.msnbc.com/news/936560.asp?0cv=cb20#body

    i saw a movie on lifetime that depicited a woman who stayed in a coma 20 years.
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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   rnnurse2be
    Wow, what a story. Can you imagin what that would be like for him and his family???

    Never give up HOPE...
  4. by   gizzy76
    That is completely incredible...nothing short of a miracle...all my blessings to their family to help him to a recovery and to teach him of all the changes in our world!
  5. by   Tweety
    That is an incredible story. I still feel sorry for him, being a complete quad and still depedent. I'd rather be in a blissful coma myself.
  6. by   jnette
    WOW. Thanx for sharing.
  7. by   Shamrock
    WOW absolutely incredible......Makes me wonder what my first words would be. Probably something like, whaaaa happened?? What would yours be?
  8. by   CVnurse08
    What a neat story !! Imagine, he didn't even know about Sep. 11 and such significant events as that !! Best wishes to him and his family !!
  9. by   Audreyfay
    Makes you wonder about unplugging the ventilators. Very interesting what the brain is capable of doing.
  10. by   live4today
    Wow! so freaky, but what a blessing all the same. Goes to show we still don't know what goes on in the human mind and how life and death really works.
  11. by   Love-A-Nurse
    glad each of you enjoyed reading. i related to this article with the movie i saw which was of a true story. her daughter was 2yo when it happened to her and 22yo when mom woke up.

    what amazed me about the movie was, the husband kept his wife at home and with help from others, he took care of her.
  12. by   palesarah
    what an incredible story- I'm so glad you shared!
  13. by   Nurse2be
    Just curious about popular opinion on this one - is it really a miracle that this gentleman lived - or is it a tragedy?

    I have to wonder about quality of life. What kind of quality of life has this gentleman had for 19 years. Quite obviously, none - since he really has had no meaningful "life" to speak of during that time frame.

    I cannot imagine how horrible it would be to go to sleep age 20 and wake up age 40. Twenty years of my life slipped by - how could anyone ever emotionally reconcile the loss of those years. Not to mention the emotional turmoil and cost of keeping this gentleman alive for 20 years. Sometimes, I think our medical advancement has come at the cost of human dignity and our ability to know when somebody's body needs to remain on earth or their soul needs to go to heaven.

    Just food for thought.
  14. by   gwenith
    I knew of one patient who had ha a severe brain injury and had spent 2 years "out of it" - you know teh wild eyed "nobody home" stare and teh rocking etd. They had just about given up and about to tranfer to an LTC when he sat up in bed at 2 am one night ripped out his tracheostomy and said - "I'm hungry give me a steak!"

    The night supervisor was tell me this and I asked her what she did about it - she said the staff were so impressed that they actually went down to the kitchen and got him a steak!!

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