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Can an unconscious person be aware of his surroundings? Part 3 (Teacher: Michael)

This study and two other reports suggest that we cautious in assumptions about whether individuals with brain injury any remaining "conscious" awareness.

Persons who multiple strokes or severe injury end lying in bed totally unable to communicate, though their at . These patients to fed by a tube and anything for themselves. They to in a "persistent vegetative and there is increasing pressure on doctors to discontinue feeding these patients and them to die, on the grounds that they no "conscious" brain activity.

A recent report from Addenbrooke's Hospital in England showed evidence that one such patient who completely unable to communicate or anything for herself able to recognise photos of familiar faces. When photos shown to her, activation of parts of the brain detected on a brain functional magnetic resonance scan. The patient started to recover a couple of months later.

Seventeen of 40 patients admitted to the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability in London with a diagnosis of persistent vegetative , to four years previously, misdiagnosed. The authors in an article in the British Medical Journal, pointed that it requires a skilled neurological team to determine whether patients who severe brain injury aware of their surroundings.

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