November 14, 2012

Vegetative Patient Says, 'I'm Not in Pain'

Fergus Walsh, BBC News

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A Canadian man who was believed to have been in a vegetative state for more than a decade, has been able to tell scientists that he is not in any pain.

It's the first time an uncommunicative, severely brain-injured patient has been able to give answers clinically relevant to their care.

Scott Routley, 39, was asked questions while having his brain activity scanned in an fMRI machine.

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TAGGED: Functional MRI, Persistent Vegetative State