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Man dies after 19 years in a coma

 
 
littlek
 
Reply 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
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New Haven
 
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Reply Mon 17 Feb, 2003 01:38 pm
Very hard on his wife.
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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 17 Feb, 2003 01:38 pm
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.
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New Haven
 
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Reply Mon 17 Feb, 2003 01:39 pm
Did insurance pay the bills during the whole 20 years of life ?
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sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 17 Feb, 2003 01:39 pm
Spooky. Shocked

I wonder what he looked like -- if he'd aged 19 years without being in the sun, or laughing, or crying.

His poor wife.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 17 Feb, 2003 02:18 pm
Mmmm, his poor wife....
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 17 Feb, 2003 02:44 pm
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.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 17 Feb, 2003 02:47 pm
edgar - odd!
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Mon 17 Feb, 2003 09:50 pm
Sunny von Bulow is still alive I think. She has been in a coma for about 20 or so years.
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gezzy
 
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Reply Tue 18 Feb, 2003 02:49 am
That is so sad :-(
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celticclover
 
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Reply Tue 25 Feb, 2003 03:30 pm
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.......
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Counselor
 
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Reply Tue 15 Mar, 2005 03:43 pm
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Tue 15 Mar, 2005 04:10 pm
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.
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