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MRIs Allow for Communication with Vegetative Patients

Scott Routley, 39, was in a car accident that left him in a vegetative state more than 12 years ago. Today, Scott still shows us that he has a “conscious, thinking mind.”

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scans show that he is answering the doctor’s questions. He says he is not in any pain. Adrian Owen, the British Neurologists, says, “We believe he knows who and where he is.”

The team of doctors, led by Owen, is located at the University of Western Ontario at the Brain and Mind Institute. Their original, traditional tests say that Routley was left in a vegetative […]