Man Conscious During Apparent 23 Year Coma

A woman in Belgium says her son was in what some doctors thought was a vegetative state, but that he now says he was fully conscious for 23 years, and couldn't respond because he was paralyzed.

Doctors believed that a car accident left Rom Houben in a vegetative state, unable to understand what was going on around him. But after doctors at the University of Liege reevaluated his case, they discovered he was totally conscious. And during that time, he heard every word spoken near his hospital bed, but wasn't able to let people know.

Therapy has made him able to communicate with the help of a computer system. He has described the horror of screaming to doctors that he could hear them, without a sound ever coming out of his mouth.


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