Comment of the day – Conscious man ‘in coma’ for 23 years

As we approach the end of the consultation period of the DDP’s guidelines on assisted suicide I was struck by an article that appeared in today’s Telegraph.

“A Belgian man diagnosed as being in a coma for 23 years was actually conscious the whole time.  Rom Houbens was simply paralysed and had no way to let doctors caring for him what he was suffering.”I dreamt myself away,” says Houben, now 46, who was misdiagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state after a car crash.

Doctors and nurses in Zolder deemed him a hopeless case whereby his consciousness was considered “extinct”. Read in full at the Telegraph


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