‘Comatose’ Man Was Actually Awake For 23 Years

This is a pretty horrifying fate…reminds me of the video for the Metallica song ‘One.’ From the Telegraph:

A Belgian man diagnosed as being in a coma for 23 years was actually conscious the whole time. Rom Houbens was simply paralysed and had no way to let doctors caring for him what he was suffering.

“I dreamt myself away,” says Houben, now 46, who was misdiagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state after a car crash. Doctors and nurses in Zolder deemed him a hopeless case whereby his consciousness was considered “extinct.”

When he woke up after the accident he had lost control of his body, “I screamed, but there was nothing to hear,” he says.

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  • axii

    omg!!! 23 years, it is so long time.

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    One should read any of the follow-ups. He is likely not awake. He is probably the unconscious pawn of nurses who are manipulating his finger to touch type faster than most fully conscious and mobile people could. Assisted communication is little more than using a body as a Ouija board. Watch the videos. “He” is often “indicating” keys at which he is not looking and, after 23 years of a condition that would drive the most stable among us mad, is oddly lucid, composed, and poetic.

    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/11/hoube

  • rubensni

    Xen is right. The guy was probably not conscious.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/de

  • Tuna Ghost

    Cool, so Disinfo is hosting stories taken directly from my nightmares now, that's pretty awesome

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