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Friday, September 07, 2018

When Adrian Owen, a neuroscientist at the University of Western Ontario, asked Scott Routley to imagine playing a game of tennis, any acknowledgement would have been surprising. After all, Routely had been completely unresponsive for the 12 years since his severe traumatic brain injury. He was thought to be in a vegetative state: complete unawareness of self or environment. But, as Owen watched Routley's brain inside a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner, he saw a region of the motor cortex called the supplementary motor area -- thought to play a role in movement -- light up with activity. When he told Routely to relax, the activity ceased. And when he asked Routley to imagine walking around his house, he saw clear activity in the parahippocampal gyrus -- a region of the brain that plays an important role in the encoding and recognition of spatial environment.

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Assuming I'm the only poster here who can answer this from the perspective of a coma patient, having been one, no. The ethics do not change. I was aware to someextent, as I'm sure this individual is, but the few times I had any awareness of my situation, I was also aware I did not want to regain that way. I fought and was out of it in 2 1/2 weeks. If I wasn't able to fight my way out of it. I'd hope my family would have pulled the plug after about a year. Being in that state is NOT being alive, and if a patient had any awareness, they know that.

#1 | Posted by RevDarko at 2018-09-07 01:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Have you come out of it yet?

#2 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-09-07 02:49 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

Only on the Inter-aol would somebody say that.

#3 | Posted by ajwood at 2018-09-07 05:34 PM | Reply

#3 | POSTED BY AJWOOD

but when you consider the source you can't be surprised

#4 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-09-08 12:22 AM | Reply

That Fishpaw would answer that way really does reduce him even farther in the opinions of the rest of us. What a f*****g a*****e. At least though, Fishpaw is consistent.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2018-09-08 01:40 AM | Reply

I was also aware I did not want to regain that way.

Rev, thanks for sharing your firsthand experience on the matter...what do you mean by ‘did not want to regain that way.'?

#6 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-09-08 09:15 AM | Reply

Not for Insurance Company Death Panels. They don't GaS about anything except profits.

#7 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-09-08 09:58 AM | Reply

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