this week on the radio i heard a very interesting story about a man from europe who was thought to have been in a coma for 23 years. in fact, he was actually just paralyzed. his brain functioning is entirely normal, but ever since the 80's doctors assumed that he had little to no brain function.
the doctors said that this may be true for up to 40% of others in a vegetative state.
this got me thinking more about life and life with disabilities. it seems that people are quick to see people like this as less than human, even to the point of encouraging euthanasia in this type of situation. i hope this story will spread and make people think twice about their assumptions of people with severe disabilities. i wonder how many other people in the world are assumed to be in a vegetative state but are actually fully conscious?
watch/read more about it here: