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Vegetative man communicates with doctors

Patrick Coma

39-year-old Canadian man Scott Routley was involved in a serious car accident 12 years ago, leaving him in a vegetative state, unable to eat or move. Now, using fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Routley was able to tell his doctors that he isn’t in pain. 

British neuroscientist Adrian Owen explained:

“Scott has been able to show he has a conscious, thinking mind. We have scanned him several times, and his pattern of brain activity shows he is clearly choosing to answer our questions. We believe he knows who and where he is.”

Traditional tests continue to indicate that Routley has no brain activity. Owen believes the medical textbooks will now need to be re-written, and that many doctors will now use fMRI scans to communicate with their vegetative patients.

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This entry was posted on December 3, 2012 by in Weird people, Weird technology.

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