Category Archives: PVS

Coma victims, PVS patients, and “waking the dead”

By Xavier Symons A 35-year-old man who had been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years after a car accident has shown signs of consciousness after neurosurgeons implanted a nerve stimulator into his chest. The findings, reported

Nerve stimulation restores consciousness to Frenchman who had been in a “persistent vegetative state” for 15 years

On the right, the warmer colours indicate an increase in connectivity following vagus nerve stimulation among brain regions responsible for planned movements, spatial reasoning and attention. Illustration: Corazzol et al.

By Dave Andrusko If there is anything we’ve learned in the last decade about the adaptability and recuperative powers of the human brain it is that the “givens” about how the brain responds to massive injury continue

Persistently unconscious patient awakened after receiving pioneering therapy

On the right, the warmer colours indicate an increase in connectivity following vagus nerve stimulation among brain regions responsible for planned movements, spatial reasoning and attention. Illustration: Corazzol et al.

By Wesley Smith Ever since Terri Schiavo, writing about the wrongness of removing feeding tubes from patients diagnosed with persistent unconsciousness (PVS)–we should never call them “vegetables,” a term as denigrating and dehumanizing a racial epithet–is like

Doggedly fighting the PVS dogma

By Dave Andrusko Our faithful readers know that we have posted many, many accounts not only of the recovery of individual patients in a so-called Persistent Vegetative State but also about how researchers are demonstrating how common

Media Fails to Connect PVS Dehydration Dots

  By Wesley J. Smith Count on the media to miss the obvious angle when it comes to the culture of death. The story of Martin Pistorius–believed falsely to have been unconscious for 12 years–is all over

Study by Cambridge researchers finds ‘hidden brain signatures’ of consciousness in patients said to be in a persistent vegetative state

  By Dave Andrusko Last week the UK Independent newspaper published an article written by Science Editor Steve Connor, exploring a fascinating study by scientists at Cambridge University which found “Severely brain-damaged patients in a persistent vegetative

Woman thought to be in PVS makes full recovery, had been talk of taking her off of life support

  By Dave Andrusko Earlier today we posted a story about how researchers at Cambridge found ‘hidden brain signatures’ of consciousness in patients said to be in a persistent vegetative state. It is just the latest reminder

Supposedly “vegetative” man responds to Hitchcock Thriller

  By Dave Andrusko For those follow NRL News Today, the name Adrian Owen will probably ring a bell. He has done some of the most spectacular work, demonstrating that some patients supposedly in a “persistent vegetative

Three scientists doggedly fight the PVS dogma

  By Dave Andrusko Thankfully, whenever there is another study that proves yet again that we over-categorize severely brain-injured patients as being in a PVS, there is coverage not only of the original investigation but also what

Lancet study shows patients incorrectly diagnosed in a PVS

  By Dave Andrusko A study published last Tuesday in the medical journal “The Lancet” finds that “significant number of people labeled vegetative had received an incorrect diagnosis and actually had some degree of consciousness and the

Widening the opening of the “window” to the brains of patients who are in a PVS or who are minimally conscious

  By Dave Andrusko   I confess my predilection for research (which grows yearly) that proves there is a lot more going on with patients who’ve suffered severe brain injuries than many “experts” have led us to

A father’s promise leads to a remarkable life of love, sacrifice

  By Nancy Flanders For 31 years, Mikey Cortez lived in a coma-like state. At age seven, he was the victim of a drunk driver who stole the lives of his older brother and three other relatives.