Vegetative, But Communicating

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From The Guardian:

A crash victim thought to have been in a vegetative state for more than a decade has used the power of thought to tell scientists he is not in pain. Canadian Scott Routley, from London, Ontario, communicated with researchers via a brain scan, proving that he is conscious and aware. It is the first time such a severely brain-damaged patient has been able to provide clinically relevant information to doctors.
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