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Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Science |

They manage to communicate with patients in a vegetative state who claims not to feel pain

They manage to communicate with patients in a vegetative state who claims not to feel pain

(C) BBC

Twelve years ago, the Canadian Scott Routley suffered a serious accident while driving that left him in a vegetative state, which to this day he has ridden his bed without showing any ability to communicate.

The research program “Panorama”, the BBC conducted a special episode called “The mind reader: freeing my voice”, which followed up a number of patients as Routley, who were connected machine MRI functional (fMRI) to try to communicate with them despite her vegetative state.

Through the fMRI machine, Routley has become the first case of a patient in a vegetative state, with a that severely damaged and unable to communicate, has been able to answer clinically relevant questions for care.

British Neuroscientist Adrian Owen asked the patient to imagine playing tennis if he felt no pain. Subsequently, the fMRI machine showed Routley imagined in that situation, so Owen said he would prove that is not found in vegetative

“Scott has shown that he is aware that his mind thinks. I’ve scanned several times and their brain activity patterns clearly show that chooses to answer our questions. We believe he knows who he is and where he is, “said the scientist.

Link: Vegetative Scott Routley patient says ‘I’m not in pain’ (BBC)

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