A severely brain-injured Canadian man, who has been in a vegetative state for more than a decade, has been able to communicate in what is thought to be a world first.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-14/b ... me/4370328
Scott Routley, 39, suffered a severe brain injury in a car accident 12 years ago, and he appeared to be in a vegetative state, unable to communicate.
But when his doctor asked him questions while having his brain activity scanned in an MRI machine, the test showed Mr Routley was choosing to respond.
Mr Routley was able to tell his doctor he is not in pain.
His doctor, Professor Adrian Owen, said it was a groundbreaking moment.
"This is the first time that we have asked a patient a question in the scanner that is actually relevant to their clinical condition," he said.
Professor Owen says the scan results overturn all the behavioural assessments that have been made over the years.