5-year-old girl condemned to die after court refuses to hear appeal to continue care

By Texas Right to Life Pippa Knight is a brain-injured 5-year-old in the United Kingdom, whose mother has been fighting to keep her alive. Last December, the hospital sought to remove care from Pippa, who has been hospitalized for two years after being diagnosed with acute necrotizing encephalopathy. Her mother, Paula Parfitt, appealed the decision …

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Brain-injured man’s estranged wife wants him denied food and water, but his mother wants to save his life

Joshua Barras’s wife, with whom he was going through a divorce when he became injured, claims his condition is deteriorating. But a hospice facility found Joshua was no longer eligible for hospice, as he is not declining at all, but is actually in excellent health. LOUISIANA, March 22, 2021 – The wife of a brain-injured …

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Surprising New Test for Predicting Recovery after Coma

By Nancy Valko Editor’s note. This reprint, which appeared last year in NRL News Today, is a loud reminder of how much we think we know but don’t about patients with severe trauma injuries. An April 29, 2020 Nature Journal article titled “Olfactory sniffing signals consciousness in unresponsive patients with brain injuries” found that nasal …

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Ultrasound used to jump-start brains of patients with severe brain injuries

By Michael Cook  In 2016, a team led by UCLA’s Martin Monti reported that a 25-year-old man recovering from a coma had made remarkable progress following a treatment to jump-start his brain using ultrasound. Now, Monti and colleagues report in the journal Brain Stimulation that two more patients with severe brain injuries — both had been in what scientists …

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Surprising New Test for Predicting Recovery after Coma

By Nancy Valko An April 29, 2020 Nature Journal article titled “Olfactory sniffing signals consciousness in unresponsive patients with brain injuries” found that nasal response to odors (sniffing) by 43 severely brain-injured patients predicted the likelihood of recovery and long-term survival.  According to Noam Sobel, PhD, of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, …

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Surprising New Test for Predicting Recovery after Coma

By Nancy Valko An April 29, 2020 Nature Journal article titled “Olfactory sniffing signals consciousness in unresponsive patients with brain injuries” found that nasal response to odors (sniffing) by 43 severely brain-injured patients predicted the likelihood of recovery and long-term survival. According to Noam Sobel, PhD, of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, …

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More evidence that people in ‘vegetative states’ may be aware

By Michael Cook How do we know that patients with acute brain injuries who seem completely unresponsive really are? Some retain what doctors call “covert consciousness” – but which ones? A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine says that about 15% of such patients are responding to verbal commands in their brains …

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After 5 years, defying the doctors, Li Zhihua wakes up

By Michael Cook A Chinese man has regained consciousness after five years in a coma during which his wife nursed him every day, all day. Li Zhihua, of Hubei Province, was seriously brain-damaged after being knocked off his scooter in 2013. His wife, 57-year-old Zhang Guihuan, became his sole carer. Doctors initially thought that Li …

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Tafida Raqeeb is the latest case of a UK child being denied treatment abroad

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Tafida Raqeeb has been diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation, a rare condition which causes the blood vessels to have abnormal connections between the arteries and veins. Tafida had a brain bleed on February 9 that has left her in coma in the Royal London Hospital where the doctors …

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More evidence that people in ‘vegetative states’ may be aware

By Michael Cook How do we know that patients with acute brain injuries who seem completely unresponsive really are? Some retain what doctors call “covert consciousness” – but which ones? A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine says that about 15% of such patients are responding to verbal commands in their …

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The ‘affaire Vincent Lambert’ is a test of the nation’s commitment to the disabled

By Michael Cook Last week, in a case which has divided France as Terri Schiavo’s did in the US, a Frenchman who has been in a vegetative state for more than 10 years had a last-minute reprieve from dying after doctors turned off his life support. It was turned back on pending further deliberations in …

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