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(Daily Mail)   Doctors discover patient trapped in a 23-year 'coma' has been conscious all along   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 357
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2009-11-22 06:37:30 PM  
darkness imprisoning me
all that I see
absolute horror
I cannot live
I cannot die
trapped in myself
body my holding cell

car wreck has taken my sight
taken my speech
taken my hearing
taken my arms
taken my legs
taken my soul
left me with life in hell
 
2009-11-22 06:57:42 PM  
He couldn't live like this because he would go crazy. But he couldn't die because he couldn't kill himself. If he could only breathe he could die. That was funny but it was true. He could hold his breath and kill himself. That was the only way left. Except that he wasn't breathing. His lungs were pumping air, but he couldn't stop them from doing it. He couldn't live and he couldn't die.

No no no that can't be right.

No no.

Mother.

Mother where are you?

Hurry mother hurry hurry hurry and wake me up. I'm having a nightmare mother where are you? Hurry mother. I'm down here. Here mother. Here in the darkness. Pick me up. Rockabye baby. Now I lay me down to sleep. Oh mother hurry because I can't wake up. Over here mother. When the wind blows the cradle will rock.

Hold me up high high.

Mother you've gone away and forgotten me. Here I am. I can't wake up mother. Wake me up. I can't move. Hold me. I'm scared. Oh mother mother sing to me and rub me and bathe me and comb my hair and wash out my ears and play with my toes and clap my hands together and blow my nose and kiss my eyes and mouth like I've seen you do with Elizabeth like you must have done with me. Then I'll wake up and I'll be with you and I'll never leave or be afraid or dream again.

Oh no.

I can't. I can't stand it. Scream. Move. Shake something. Make a noise any noise. I can't stand it. Oh no no no.

Please I can't. Please no. Somebody come. Help me. I can't lie here forever like this until maybe years from now I die. I can't. Nobody can. It isn't possible.

I can't breathe but I'm breathing. I'm so scared I can't think but I'm thinking. Oh please please no. No no. It isn't me. Help me. It can't be me. Not me. No no no.

Oh please oh oh please. No no no please no. Please.

Not me.
 
2009-11-22 07:09:16 PM  
images.amazon.com
 
2009-11-22 07:15:01 PM  
Dalton Trumbo was my great uncle. Cool story, me.
 
2009-11-22 07:24:23 PM  
This really makes you think, what if Terri Schiavo was in the same situation ?
 
2009-11-22 07:25:30 PM  
Woah. That's a fate worse than death.
 
2009-11-22 07:27:58 PM  
Mordant: This really makes you think, what if Terri Schiavo was in the same situation ?

Her brain was jelly. Rather different.
 
2009-11-22 07:34:09 PM  
What the coma patient might look like:

imgur.com
 
2009-11-22 07:35:45 PM  
'I screamed, but there was nothing to hear.'


Bloody hell... I can't imagine such a fate for a few days, let alone 23 years...
 
2009-11-22 07:38:46 PM  
Oh my god. That is absolutely, unequivocally horrifying. It honestly gives me the creeps.
 
2009-11-22 07:41:20 PM  
Mordant: This really makes you think, what if Terri Schiavo was in the same situation ?

I can't speak for Terri, but I'd rather have the plug pulled in error after one year than spend 10 years waiting for someone to notice. Cut me up, take what bits of me can save someone else, and let me have a rest.
 
2009-11-22 07:45:27 PM  
> For the love of God, someone fap me! _
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2009-11-22 07:50:46 PM  
Only days before her recovery, a judge had granted her family's request for the removal of the feeding tube which had been keeping her alive.

Same thing happened in Massachusetts. A little girl was hurt badly in a domestic attack, suffered brain damage, and was diagnosed as a vegetable. Authorities got Supreme Court approval to pull the plug. Apparently that threat was the incentive she needed to wake up.
 
2009-11-22 08:06:09 PM  
phaedrusiszen: darkness

farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2009-11-22 08:10:53 PM  
Therapy has since allowed him to tap out messages on a computer screen.


What's his FARK login? I will sponsor the HELL out of that!
 
2009-11-22 08:19:01 PM  
Unbelievable. Dr Laurey should be given a separate "Hero" tag.

I would like to know what prompted him to do a scan after all those years.
 
2009-11-22 08:21:42 PM  
No way can there be a god that gives a shiat.
 
2009-11-22 08:22:47 PM  
so...

he was faking?
 
2009-11-22 08:22:47 PM  
And this is why I have left strict instructions to have life support withdrawn if I am ever in such a situation.
 
2009-11-22 08:23:20 PM  
The disclosure will also renew the right-to-die debate over whether people in comas are truly unconscious.


Or put it to bed forever since now we can tell the difference.
 
2009-11-22 08:23:48 PM  
relcec: No way can there be a god that gives a shiat.

until he sent a man who discovered a new way to evaluate coma patients saving hundreds more from a similar fate now and in the future...
 
2009-11-22 08:25:26 PM  
Quick, call House!
 
2009-11-22 08:25:49 PM  
Farking weird story. Generally "locked-in" people maintain their eye and eyelid function. You'd think that at SOME point during the 23 years somebody would have realized that he was looking around, blinking, etc. I'd like to hear more details.
 
2009-11-22 08:27:15 PM  
FredaDeStilleto: Unbelievable. Dr Laurey should be given a separate "Hero" tag.

I would like to know what prompted him to do a scan after all those years.


I'm guessing he didn't want to just kill someone without one last shot.
 
2009-11-22 08:27:21 PM  
wow... 20 years? sounds worse than death.
 
2009-11-22 08:27:48 PM  
Came for the Metallica reference.

/leaving satisfied
 
2009-11-22 08:27:57 PM  
So the guy was malingering the whole time? Does the health care bill address this problem?
 
2009-11-22 08:28:03 PM  
Mordant: This really makes you think, what if Terri Schiavo was in the same situation ?

They examined her brain after she died

The tissue was dead/missing.

She was not just in a coma, the part of her brain that did anything but blink and crap... was literally gone

obsidianwings.blogs.com
 
2009-11-22 08:28:14 PM  
I'm betting the first message he tapped out was "please kill me."
 
2009-11-22 08:28:31 PM  
Rickerkioz: until he sent a man who discovered a new way to evaluate coma patients saving hundreds more from a similar fate now and in the future...

but the Romans nailed him to a cross before he could share this message
 
2009-11-22 08:29:13 PM  
Thank God he can now look forward to a long, full life in a hospital bed.
 
2009-11-22 08:29:23 PM  
"Our bad."

say doctors involved in the case
 
2009-11-22 08:29:36 PM  
This belongs in Dave Barry's "You should be more nervous" column.
 
2009-11-22 08:29:37 PM  
Rickerkioz: relcec: No way can there be a god that gives a shiat.

until he sent a man who discovered a new way to evaluate coma patients saving hundreds more from a similar fate now and in the future...


I wouldn't exactly call single digit Morse code being saved from his fate. He is farked, and better off dead.
 
2009-11-22 08:29:43 PM  
he's faking it!
 
2009-11-22 08:29:58 PM  
I cannot believe he is still sane after that appalling ordeal. Gotta find that journal article mentioned in the link.
 
2009-11-22 08:30:20 PM  
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-
 
2009-11-22 08:30:23 PM  
What a British doctor named Laurey may look like...

i168.photobucket.com
 
2009-11-22 08:30:50 PM  
Where is the 'Absolutely Horrifying' tag when we need it?

If there was a hell, this would be it.
 
2009-11-22 08:30:57 PM  
This is bullshiat. Disability scam.
 
2009-11-22 08:31:28 PM  
I remember seeing an Outer Limits(maybe?)episode something like this. It may have been unrealistic but it freaked me out at the time. I wonder how he managed to hold onto any sanity.

/I have no mouth and I must scream
 
2009-11-22 08:32:16 PM  
Rickerkioz: relcec: No way can there be a god that gives a shiat.

until he sent a man who discovered a new way to evaluate coma patients saving hundreds more from a similar fate now and in the future...


So this god tortures people until the people figure out by themselves how to undo his tortures one by one? And this sociopath is what god-freaks worship?
 
2009-11-22 08:32:32 PM  
MIguy: I'm betting the first message he tapped out was "please kill me that biatch nurse with cold hands that still can't remove a catheter properly after over 20 years."

lilfix
 
2009-11-22 08:32:34 PM  
my question is why did they wait three years to make this public? Were they going to just sweep the 23-years of suffering under the rug if it didn't work out the way they wanted?
 
2009-11-22 08:32:36 PM  
He must be totally batshiat insane now.

How could you go 20 years without interacting with another human being... and not be completely ruined?
 
2009-11-22 08:33:01 PM  
So he was just mostly dead?
 
2009-11-22 08:34:10 PM  
Did he have lupus?
 
2009-11-22 08:34:26 PM  
Wow, move over being buried alive, I think I have a new greatest fear.
 
2009-11-22 08:34:46 PM  
FredaDeStilleto: Unbelievable. Dr Laurey should be given a separate "Hero" tag.

I would like to know what prompted him to do a scan after all those years.


He figured his little joke had gone on quite long enough.
 
2009-11-22 08:35:03 PM  
The disclosure will also renew the right-to-die debate over whether people in comas are truly unconscious.

If I'm ever trapped in my own body for years in a hospital, completely conscious, I would hope, HOPE someone down the line would kill me.
 
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