A Chinese man, Li Zhihua from Xiangyang in Hubei Province, woke up from a 5 year Coma thanks to his wife literally caring for him night and day.
According to reports, Mr Li was knocked down by a motorbike in August, 2013, while riding a scooter to work.
Describing his condition, Dr Wan Qing’an told reporters: ‘When he was taken to the hospital, he was in a vegetative state. He could not respond to anything.’
His wife, 57-year-old Zhang Guihuan, recalled: ‘The doctor told me it was possible that he would be in a persistent vegetative state.’
She said she was not willing to accept the diagnosis and wanted to prove the doctors wrong.
According to the article, his loving wife was persistent.
Day in day out, the determined spouse stayed next to Mr Li’s bed to chat with him and play his favorite songs, hoping his condition would improve.
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‘These things were very helpful to stimulate his nervous system,’ Dr Wan said.
The strong-willed woman slept only two to three hours a day and looked after Mr Li in every aspect possible. As a result, she lost 10 kilograms (22 pounds) during the course.
Ms Zhang said in order to feed her husband, she had to carefully put food into his month and then gently pressed his tongue to let him know that he could eat.
Mr Li miraculously regained his conscious last year.
This story shows how love can lead someone to provide care. In this case, her care enabled her husband to recover.
This case also shows how providing stimulation and care may lead to someone recovering from a head injury.
In 2004 I attended a conference on Persistent Vegetative State whereby a doctor who ran an “awakening center” spoke about what they did to have such a high success rate in awakening patients in coma.
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Author: Alex Schadenberg