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Feb 22, 2007

Minimally Conscious

title Woman Recovers Brain Function
description After a severe traumatic brain injury, a "medical miracle" woman spent 20 years in a minimally conscious state ("a condition of severely altered consciousness in which minimal but definite behavioral evidence of self or environmental awareness is demonstrated"*) until she became able to communicate again. Despite damage to short term memory, she retains temporally-altered long term memory, curiously believing she is still 18 but aware of events over the years.
producer CBS News, with Time magazine
featuring Sarah Scantlin, her family and doctors
format embedded
date 21/01/07
length 00:05:47

Via Science and Consciousness Review.

* The minimally conscious state: Definition and diagnostic criteria, Giacino et al., Neurology 2002;58:349-353 [free full text]. Image above is from this article.



At 15:04, Blogger al fin said...

This woman has inadvertently become a living laboratory of neuroscience! She is a sad but amazing example of the modularity of the human mind.


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