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    Default Boy thoought to be in vegetative state for 12 years was actually conscious

    12 year old Martin Pistorius fell into a deep coma, believed to be the result of cryptococcal meningitis.

    In time the doctor's prognosis was that it was permanent vegetative state and his parents took him home to care for him until he died. Except he didn't.

    They were unaware that around age 14, Martin had regained consciousness, but was now suffering from a rare syndrome, "locked in syndrome" and he could hear, see and understand everything around him. he just could not respond or move.

    so for 12 years he was left to his own thoughts, to observe his surroundings as an "invisible" person of sorts..surrounded by people and totally alone.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015...ntent=20150109

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    My God...Reading that...The desperation, the loneliness...Unimaginable...And now, it seems, he is living a normal life! I would very much like to see this programme.
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    Same last name as that sprinter who shot his girlfriend. Related?
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    don't know....seems like an unusual name tho


    you know I was thinking that it is just stories like this that make people wonder whether their loved ones are in an irreversible state or whether they should find alternative treatment. You would think that they would have been able to see that there was brain wave activity, but perhaps after he went into home care, there was felt to be no need for followup in that regard.

    this has got to be very very rare tho

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    "I cannot even express to you how much I hated Barney," Martin says.
    This made me laugh so fucking hard! I just picture him getting well enough to walk and use his hands and the first thing he goes and does is beat the shit out of a guy in a Barney suit gigling like a mental patient. Kind of like Michael Bolton beating on the printer in Office Space.
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