In the whats new category, several news outlets (THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS: TERRI SCHIAVO NEVER GOT THIS CHANCE..., Reuters: Device wakes man with severe brain injuries and Gizmodo:Brain Pacemaker Awakens the Near Vegetative) are reporting about the success of what amounts to a "Brain Pacemaker". The concept is fact is similar to a "Heart Pacemaker" in that a electrical current is used to stimulate a part of the brain regulating consciousness.
In the case of a 38 year old man who was attacked and robbed and left for dead in 1999.
After spending five years in a nursing home he had little or no hope of recovery.
After his parents agreed to the experimental treatment in August 2005, doctors saw immediate results.
He was alert and could move his head to follow voices.
He can now drink from a cup, recall and speak 16 words, and watch a movie.
It's too bad TERRI SCHIAVO's husband couldn't have waited a couple more years.Sphere: Related Content