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    List of people who awoke from a coma

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    This is a list of people who awoke from a coma or persistent vegetative state after a lengthy period of time.

    Munira Abdulla (born 1959) is an Emirati woman who in 2018 woke up after being in a coma caused by a car accident for 27 years.[1]

    Riaan Bolton (born c. 1980) suffered severe brain trauma in a car accident in July 2003. He emerged from a coma after three years when his family learned about the effect of the drug Zolpidem (also known as Ambien) on fellow South Africa coma victim Louis Viljoen (see below).[2]

    Gary Dockery (1954–1997) was an American police officer who spent over seven and a half years in a coma after being shot in the forehead. However unlike most patients who come out of a coma after years, after two days of talking, he became unresponsive again.

    Jan Grzebski (1942–2008) was a Polish railroad worker who fell into a coma in 1988 and woke up in 2007.

    Leonard Lowe (1920s–?) was an American boy who, in 1939, fell into a catatonic stupor resulting from encephalitis lethargica. In 1969, Dr. Oliver Sacks managed to awaken him and a few other Spanish flu related catatonic patients using a medication called levodopa or L-dopa. However, after a brief period of being in a fully recovered like state, Lowe and all of the other patients fell back into their catatonic stupors with occasional very short periods of reawakenings. Lowe's and the other patients' stories were the focus for the 1973 book and the 1990 movie adaptation .

    Abdelhak Nouri (born 1997). The then 20-year-old Dutch footballer collapsed during a match. Over a year later, he emerged from the coma.

    Martin Pistorius (born 1975). Because of a mystery illness, the South African spent three years in a vegetative state, four years in a minimally conscious state, and five years unable to move anything other than his eyes (locked-in syndrome). In 1999, he fully awakened, and has since recovered to the point that he was able to become a web designer, developer, and author. In 2011, he wrote a book called , in which he describes his many years of being comatose.

    Annie Shapiro (1913–2003) was a Canadian apron shop owner who was in a coma for 29 years because of a massive stroke and suddenly awakened in 1992. Apart from the patients in the true story , Shapiro was the longest a person has been in a coma like state and woken up. Her story inspired the 1998 movie .[3]

    Terry Wallis (1964–2022). This American man was in a coma for nearly a year after a truck accident, then a minimally conscious state for 19 years.

    Louis Viljoen (born c. 1970). In 1994, this South African switchboard operator fell into a persistent vegetative state after being hit by a truck while riding his bike. In 1999, Dr. Wally Nel gave him Zolpidem (also known as Ambien) after a nurse told Viljoen's mother that involuntary spasms in his left arm had caused him to tear his mattress and that this could have been because of him feeling uncomfortable deep inside. Within 25 minutes, he was talking, and by November 2006 he had recovered to the point where it is no longer necessary to give him Zolpidem. The drug has since been used to awaken other coma patients, and several have been awakened around the world since, such as Riaan Bolton (see above).[2]

    See also[edit]

    Coma

    Karolina Olsson (1861–1950), a Swedish woman who allegedly hibernated for 32 years

    References[edit]

    ^ UAE woman Munira Abdulla wakes up after 27 years in a coma, 23 April 2019. . Retrieved 19 May 2021.

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    Boggan, Steve (12 September 2006). "Reborn". .

    ^ https://www.paleycenter.org/collection/item/?q=ryan&p=42&item=B:85005

    Categories: ComaLists of people by medical condition

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    UAE woman Munira Abdulla wakes up after 27 years in a coma

    Munira Abdulla, from the United Arab Emirates, had been unconscious since 1991 after a car crash.

    UAE woman Munira Abdulla wakes up after 27 years in a coma

    Published 23 April 2019

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    Prolonged disorders of consciousness are usually caused by a sudden brain injury

    A woman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in 1991 has made a seemingly miraculous recovery after emerging from a 27-year-long coma.

    Munira Abdulla, who was aged 32 at the time of the accident, suffered a severe brain injury after the car she was travelling in collided with a bus on the way to pick up her son from school.

    Omar Webair, who was then just four years old, was sitting in the back of the vehicle with her, but was left unscathed as his mother cradled him in her arms moments before the accident.

    Ms Abdulla - who was being driven by her brother-in-law - was left seriously injured, but last year regained consciousness in a German hospital.

    Omar has opened up about the accident and about his mother's progress following years of treatment in an interview with the UAE-based newspaper The National.

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    'She hugged me to protect me'

    "I never gave up on her because I always had a feeling that one day she would wake up," Omar told the newspaper on Monday.

    "The reason I shared her story is to tell people not to lose hope on their loved ones; don't consider them dead when they are in such a state," he added.

    "My mother was sitting with me in the back seat. When she saw the crash coming, she hugged me to protect me from the blow."

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    He was unharmed, suffering just a bruise to the head, but his mother was left untreated for hours.

    Years of treatment

    Ms Abdulla was eventually taken to hospital, and later transferred to London. There, she was declared to be in a vegetative state - unresponsive, but able to sense pain - The National reports.

    She was then returned to Al Ain, a city in the UAE on the border with Oman where she lived, and moved to various medical facilities according to insurance requirements.

    She remained there for a few years, fed through a tube and kept alive. She underwent physiotherapy to ensure her muscles would not weaken through lack of movement.

    In 2017, the family was offered a grant by the Crown Prince Court, a government body in Abu Dhabi, for Ms Abdulla to be transferred to Germany.

    There, she underwent a number of surgeries to correct her severely shortened arm and leg muscles, and she was given medication to improve her state, including her wakefulness.

    Hospital row

    A year later, her son was involved in an argument in her hospital room, which seemed to prompt his mother to stir.

    "There was a misunderstanding in the hospital room and she sensed I was at risk, which caused her a shock," Omar said.

    "She was making strange sounds and I kept calling the doctors to examine her, they said everything was normal.

    "Then, three days later, I woke up to the sound of someone calling my name.

    "It was her! She was calling my name, I was flying with joy; for years I have dreamt of this moment, and my name was the first word she said."

    She became more responsive, and can now feel pain and have some conversations.

    She has returned to Abu Dhabi, where she is undergoing physiotherapy and further rehabilitation - mainly to improve her posture when sitting and prevent muscles from contracting.

    Cases like Abdulla's are rare

    There are only a few cases of people recovering consciousness after several years - and even then, recovery can be protracted.

    It is impossible to predict the chances of someone in a state of impaired consciousness improving, says the UK's National Health Service.

    People who do regain consciousness often have severe disabilities caused by damage to their brain.

    One notable recovery case is that of Terry Wallis, an American man who was involved in a car accident when he was 19, and made a dramatic recovery after spending 19 years in a near-vegetative state. It was thought he had been able to re-grow brain tissue.

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    Former F1 world champion Michael Schumacher was placed in an induced coma after a skiing accident

    Former Formula 1 racing world champion Michael Schumacher suffered a head injury in a skiing accident in France in 2013. He was placed in a medically induced coma for six months before being transferred to his home in Switzerland to continue his treatment.

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    Waking Up: Famous Coma Survivors

    Comas can be difficult conditions to treat because of their unique circumstances. Not everyone in, will come out of it, but these stories provide hope.

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    Waking Up: Famous Coma Survivors

    A South African man recently emerged from a seven-year coma after being given a sleeping pill similar to Ambien. Not everyone who is in a coma will come out of it, but stories such as his and others provide hope for families caring for a comatose relative.

    By Jeffrey Kopman

    Reviewed: September 10, 2012

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    Coma is a period of prolonged unconsciousness, a coma can be caused by injury or physical illness — and in rare cases induced by doctors as a treatment option. Recovery is unpredictable and sometimes inexplicable. Seven years after a horrific car accident, South African Ayanda Nqinana finally awoke in early September, 2012. Ironically, the "miracle cure" for Nqinana was a sleeping pill similar to Ambien. Nqinana's story is proof that sometimes hope and patience prevail, as miraculous awakenings have been reported for patients in comas as long as 19 years.

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    Ayanda Nqinana: 7-Year Coma

    Coma survivor Ayanda Nqinana's story is truly unique. His coma lasted seven years, from 2005 until 2012. As is the case with many other high-profile comas, Nqinana's was caused by a car accident. Unlike other comas revivals, his was sparked by a regimen of Stilnox, a sleeping pill similar to Ambien. Based on amateur research conducted by Nqinana's wife, Nomfundo, doctors agreed to treat Nqinana with Stilnox. After five days of treatment, Nqinana's seven-year coma was over. Nqinana is one example of a multi-year coma survivor, but he is not the only one to experience such an improbable recovery.

    Terry Wallis: 19-Year Coma

    Another car accident victim, Terry Wallis, suffered a brain injury that caused what turned out to be a record coma. In 1984, Wallis's pickup truck was thrown off a small bridge, in Stone County, Ark., killing another passenger. The accident left Wallis a quadriplegic, but amazingly, he was still alive upon arrival at a local hospital. After a few months, his coma had stabilized into a "minimally conscious state," but there was little reason to believe Wallis would survive and regain consciousness. Those odds looked increasingly grimmer with each passing year. Wallis's wife, Sandi, and new born daughter, Amber, were left to question if they would ever see Wallis "alive" again. Their questions were answered on June 11, 2003, as, incredibly, Wallis awoke from his 19-year coma — making him the survivor of the longest coma on record, matched, in years, by only one other person.

    Photo Credit: Brian Chilson/AP Photo

    Jan Grzebski: 19-Year Coma

    The second 19-year coma survivor was a Polish man named Jan Grzebski. A railroad worker, Grzebski, 46, suffered his coma in 1988 in what was initially believed to be a workplace accident but was later attributed to a 5-centimeter brain tumor. Grzebski was able to survive the tumor, and eventually emerged from his coma in 2006. In an interview after he woke up, Grzebski admitted to being overwhelmed by the abundance of foods in his local shops, cell phones, and the fall of communism. Unfortunately, Grzebski passed away two years after waking up from his coma. The cause of death was a heart attack, believed to be related to the coma.

    Photo Credit: AP Photo

    Evel Knievel: 29 Days

    Perhaps the most famous stuntman of all time, Knievel was known for punishing his body. One of his most memorable performances took place on New Year's Eve 1967. Knievel attempted to jump over the famous fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. He cleared the fountains but the landing failed, and he had a horrific crash in front of a national television audience. The crash resulted in a broken pelvis, fractured ribs, and a fractured skull. Knievel spent the next 29 days in a coma.

    Photo Credit: Chris O'Meara/AP Photo

    Rip Van Winkle (20-Year Coma) and Philip J. Fry (1,000-Year Coma)

    These two characters might be works of fiction, but with our ever-expanding knowledge of comas, they might become the art that lives are imitating. Washington Irving's short story "Rip Van Winkle" tells the story of a colonial husband trying to skip out on his household chores. After enjoying some liquor, Rip falls into a deep sleep.  When he regains consciousness, he realizes that his deep sleep was deeper than he could have possibly imagined: 20 years have passed, the American Revolution has ended, and another man with Rip's exact name is revealed to be his son.

    Source : www.everydayhealth.com

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