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Mom: Son in coma heard everything for 23 years

• AP
For 23 torturous years, Rom Houben says he lay trapped in his paralyzed body, aware of what was going on around him but unable to tell anyone or even cry out.

The car-crash victim had been diagnosed as being in a vegetative state but appears to have been conscious the whole time. An expert using a specialized type of brain scan that was not available in the 1980s finally realized it, and unlocked Houben’s mind again.

The 46-year-old Houben is now communicating with one finger and a special touchscreen on his wheelchair.

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Comment by Jet Lacey
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I got the crabs once and that's exactly what happened to me, so let that be a lesson to all of you. 

Pediculus Pubis - not just a nuisance.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Somewhat different version by same author:

Belgian says he was alert but mute for 23 years