UNREAL: Rom Houben Trapped in Coma for 23 Years was Awake the Whole Time … Misdiagnosed being in a Vegetative State
Imagine being trapped in a room for 23 years and no way to communicate with your family, friends and loved ones. Imagine being locked in a glass bubble, hearing all that is said around you but not being able to respond. Sound like an episode from the Twilight Zone? In this case, it was real.
Rom Houben – “locked in syndrome”
For 23 years Rom Houben was thought to be in a coma; however, it is now being learned that he was conscious the entire time. Rom Houben was misdiagnosed as being in a vegetative state following a car accident. As it turns out, Houben could hear everything that was going on around him and he was trapped in his own body with no way of communicating. Rom Houben now communicates via computerized messages.
Rom Houben was misdiagnosed as being in a vegetative state after a car crash left him totally paralyzed.
But, in actuality, he was trapped in his own body the whole time with no way of letting friends and family know he could hear every word they were saying.
The 46-year-old, who can now tap out computerized messages and read books on a device above his hospital bed, has revealed: “I screamed, but there was nothing to hear.”
Houben’s misdiagnosis was discovered by neurological expert, Dr. Steven Laureys, who fears there may be similar cases all over the world. In the socialized medicine, government takeover of health care debate going on with Obamacare, this should cause people to pause and think of what could occur in the future if costs are more important than care and individuals are not properly diagnosed.
Let this be a lesson to those that are so quick to pull the plug on a coma patient. Let this be a lesson to the drive and will of the human spirit. Are they really in a vegetative state … or are they screaming for help that they are there but we just can’t hear them.
Of course like any story like this, there are now skeptics that are doubting whether Houben is really conscious after all. What, some neurologists acting with skepticism from this story? Say it isn’t so. What would one expect when people are told they may be wrong and that they have misdiagnosed a patient? Maybe many patients! Why shouldn’t there be skeptics, there is much money to be gained or loss by the folks who wish to immediately call people vegetables and end their rehabilitative medical care and lives.