Man thought to be in a coma

From the Guardian comes the unbelievable story of Rom Houben, who sustained massive brain trauma in a car crash and was believed to be in a vegetative state. Though completely paralyzed, however, he was also completely conscious: He could hear everything going on around him, he simply couldn't communicate.

For 23 years.

Then a neurologist, Steven Laureys, who decided to take a radical look at the state of diagnosed coma patients, released him from his torture. Using a state-of-the-art scanning system, Laureys found to his amazement that his brain was functioning almost normally.

"I had dreamed myself away," said Houben, now 46, whose real "state" was discovered three years ago, according to a report in the German magazine Der Spiegel this week.
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