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VNS therapy «awakened» man after 15 years in a vegetative state

35-year-old Frenchman, who was 15 years in a vegetative state, began to show signs of consciousness after the application of electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve (VNS therapy), according to CNN.

Previously it was thought that the patient cannot come in the mind, if held in a vegetative state more than 12 months.

Electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve, as a rule, used in the treatment of patients suffering from epilepsy.

Patient, 20 years ago the victim of an accident, the last 15 years showed no signs of consciousness. However, after the man installed in the chest implant that stimulates the so-called «vagus nerve» that transmits impulses to the brain, the patient began to recover consciousness.

The man is still paralyzed and can not speak, but responds to what is happening and keeps your eyes for items. The patient also responds to such requests as a request to turn his head.

VNS therapy «awakened» man after 15 years in a vegetative state

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