Permanent Vegetative State
Further evidence that vegetative patients can engage with the outside world
New research from Cambridge University has confirmed that some patients in a vegetative state are aware of the external world.
State of dying Mandela’s health disputed
Confusion over the significance of “persistent vegetative state” is in the headlines in South Africa, where former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela lies on death’s door in hospital.
Landmark “vegetative state” paper challenged
US researchers have questioned the results of a landmark study in The Lancet from 2011 on awareness of “vegetative” patients.
Ariel Sharon may be conscious
The world’s most famous person in a permanent vegetative state is former Israeli Prime-Minister Ariel Sharon. He suffered a massive stroke seven years ago, and has been completely disabled ever since.
Unlocking the vegetative state
A world first -- communicating with a patient in a permanent vegetative state.
Is it better to be minimally conscious than vegetative?
The interesting question posed by two Oxford utilitarians, Dominic Wilkinson and Julian Savulescu in the Journal of Medical Ethics recently is this: “Is it better to be minimally conscious than vegetative?”
Permission sought to allow “minimally conscious” woman to die in UK
The relatives of a woman who is “minimally conscious” have asked the British court to allow her to die by withdrawing her food and water.