• Val Thomas -No brain waves for 17 hours - Ready for organ donation...

  • Zack Dunlap - doctors declare "brain death" and Zack hears them discussing his organ removal

  • Carina Melchior - diagnosed as "brain-dead" recovers.

    "...these real life examples of people who have recovered after being pronounced "brain dead" shows that doctors and hospitals are sometimes dead wrong. This chronological list is ordered by the most recent report we have for each case:


    "Dr Laureys's new study claims that patients classed as in a vegetative state are often misdiagnosed. 'Anyone who bears the stamp of "unconscious" just one time hardly ever gets rid of it again,' he said. The doctor, who leads the Coma Science Group and Department of Neurology at Liege University Hospital... plans to use the case to highlight what he considers may be similar examples around the world. Dr Laureys said: 'In Germany alone... an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 people a year remain trapped in an intermediate stage - they go on living without ever coming back again.' Supporters of euthanasia and assisted suicide argue that people who have lain in persistent vegetative states for years should be given the opportunity to have crucial medical support withdrawn because of the 'indignity' of their condition. But there have been several cases in which people judged to be in vegetative states or deep comas have recovered. Twenty years ago, Carrie Coons, an 86-year-old from New York, regained consciousness after a year, took small amounts of food by mouth and engaged in conversation. Only days before her recovery, a judge had granted her family's request for the removal of the feeding tube which had been keeping her alive. ... "