Courtesy of the Drudge Report today I’m treated to an article about a person who had been diagnosed as being in a coma who actually had been fully conscious for more than 20 years.
The idea that somebody could be misdiagnosed as being in a ‘vegetative state’ takes on significance when we remember that in some corners this is an excuse to kill the person. Think Terri Schiavo.
In the article, it is hard to blame the doctors for their misdiagnosis as it appears from the article that the technology to verify that Rom Houben was actually conscious has only recently been around. In truth, there could only have been ‘blame’ if in fact Rom had been ‘terminated’ despite being conscious. Would we have ever learned this if some ‘humane’ and ‘compassionate’ person or entity had decided to pull his plug? Obviously, no.