A brain-damaged man who could communicate only with slight eye or thumb movements for six years can speak again, after stimulating electrodes were placed in his brain, researchers report.
The 38-year-old also regained the ability to chew and swallow, which allows him to be spoon-fed, rather than relying on nourishment through a tube in his belly.
The man’s brain was injured during an assault, he spent six years with only occasional signs of consciousness and no useful movement of his limbs. In an experiment, researchers implanted electrodes in his brain for a procedure called deep brain stimulation, which is routinely done for Parkinson’s disease and some other illnesses.
They turned the electrodes on and off over six months to test their effect, and reported the results in Thursday’s issue of the journal Nature. The man, who was not identified at the family’s request, now has them on throughout the day.
Apparently his first words were support for the surge- at least that is what the Powerline is reporting.
In all seriousness, I just posted this story so you all could be on the lookout for the first idiot who claims this is proof Terri Schiavo could have lived.