The Houston Chronicle recently ran an extraordinary story, more of a mini-book than a newspaper article, titled “Alive Inside.” It is a compelling blend of detailed personal stories and medical science.
At bottom, the story is disturbing if not scary. Here are few highlights:
- There may be 280,000 PVS patients in the United States.
- 40% of those diagnosed as PVS are misdiagnosed.
- The brain can heal and rewire itself. But many patients are not afforded the opportunity.
- Clinicians at TIRR memorial Hermann can detect consciousness that other clinicians miss.