A man in a vegetative state for almost thirteen years, was able to communicate recently through a breakthrough in technology.
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The first form of communication was that the man was in no pain, which as far as first communications go, is good. Last June when doctors in London, Ontario used a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine (fMRI) to analyze brain activity patters.
The communication wasn’t a straightforward yes or no type of answer, instead he was asked to think about two activities that have defined reactions within the brain. He was asked to think about playing tennis if he was not in pain, and think about walking around the house if he was in pain.
Owen, from the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario, said it was a landmark moment for the medical community and can lead to better care for patients in a vegetative state.
The study will be apart of a documentary to be aired on the BBC.