Mon 17 Feb, 2003 01:30 pm
Does this happen often? A man drowns, his heart is started back up. He gets taken off life support after some time and his heart starts beating, but he stays in a coma. For 19 years. His wife visited him every day. He just died. Amazing story.
In a coma for 19 years
After life support was ended, I believe Karen Ann Quinlan (remember that name? Her family sued to have her taken off life support; their case made it to the US Supreme Court and kick-started the Right to Death With Dignity Movement) lived another two decades or so.
Did insurance pay the bills during the whole 20 years of life ?
I wonder what he looked like -- if he'd aged 19 years without being in the sun, or laughing, or crying.
His poor wife.
One in a coma still has some brain activity. I wonder what thoughts or images he entertained for that length of time. A man I knew died of a massive brain tumor recently. He went into a coma for a few weeks first. During that time, when the television in the room was on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, he answered the questions. Other than that he failed to respond to any sort of stimulus.
Sunny von Bulow is still alive I think. She has been in a coma for about 20 or so years.
OK let it be known that if I am in a coma for that long, throw me off the hospital roof.
.....then my eyes open on the way down.......
Yes Lk, this happens ALOT.
I have seen people in comas for years wake up. And vice versa.
I believe with the range of medications we have today that this " coma survival" trend is going to be more and MORE common indeed.