What Makes People in Comas Wake Up?

Brain Music

(iNews) – Everyone knows the best way to help a coma victim wake up is to talk to them. But does it matter what you say? And are other means of communication just as powerful, especially if they hit the right note?

Take the case of 13-year-old Kacper Krauze. His family tried everything to wake the teenager after his lifeless body had been pulled from the freezing Eden river in February this year. “We played music and we spent hours talking to him,” recalls his mother Wioletta, of Appleby, Cumbria.

Medics from the Great North Air Ambulance had restarted his heart. But having been starved of oxygen for 25 minutes, Kacper failed to regain consciousness in the intensive care unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. Then came the Lynx.

Three weeks into his coma, a nurse suggested Mrs Krauze bring in some of her son’s toiletries to wash him with. As soon as she sprayed him with his favourite deodorant, he opened his eyes immediately. “I just couldn’t believe it,” she says. CONTINUE