Patient Awakens From Eight-Year Unresponsive State After Taking Sleeping Pill

(Technology Networks) – The unusual case of a patient, unable to move or talk for eight years, who suddenly regained the ability to do both after being administered a sleeping pill has been reported by researchers from Radboud University Medical Center and Amsterdam UMC.

The spectacular but temporary effect was visualized with brain scans, giving researchers a better understanding of this disorder’s underlying neurophysiological processes. The article has been published in Cortex.

Eight years ago, Richard, at the time a man in his late 20s, was hospitalized after a serious lack of oxygen. He survived but suffered a severe brain injury. Richard was no longer able to talk, eat independently, or move spontaneously. CONTINUE