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'[EE]:: Deep brain stimulator wakes man from 6 year'
2007\08\01@214225 by Russell McMahon

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           Kristin wants to read this article

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A man with severe brain injuries who spent six years in a
near-vegetative state can now chew his food, watch a movie and talk
with family thanks to a brain pacemaker that may change the way such
patients are treated.
The 38-year-old man is the first person in a minimally conscious state
to be treated with deep-brain stimulation, a treatment that uses a
pacemaker and two electrodes to send impulses into a part of the brain
regulating consciousness.

       http://www.stuff.co.nz/4150338a12.html

His current state doesn't sound especially marvellous but " ...
playing cards ... " sounds like it *may* indicate a better level of
recovery than the other indicators.



       Russell

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