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I wonder what happened to them why they were in a coma, does anyone ever talk about it? Do they dream?
 

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I wonder what happened to them why they were in a coma, does anyone ever talk about it? Do they dream?
There is an interesting book "Into the Gray Zone" by Adrian Owen,a neuroscientist who writes about his research in which he found, through the use of brain scans, that some people who are in comas, and thought to be vegetative, can show responsiveness to simple yes/no questions. I found it easy to understand and enthralling.
 

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I have sat beside people who have been in a coma {No I havn't put them in that state telling them a story or with my general banter}and I have wondered "where"they are and what they are experiencing. The people I have known to have come of the coma state have described nothing of what they experienced.
 

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Not a coma story but maybe similar:

Years ago my Gran had severe dementia and couldn't be left alone. She would often doze in a chair and when she was awake would claim to see children running through the room or dogs or cats wandering about, or people walking in and out of the room. She rarely recognised anyone who was really there.

Anyway...

One day my brother and his mates decided to do a ouija board. He was at university, across the country from Gran.
The board spelled out a message from a woman with the same first name as Gran, who seemed to be in a panic because she didn't know where she was or what was happening.
Bro began to wonder if Gran had died and the news hadn't reached him yet!

He rang home and found that all was well, although Gran had been napping in her chair around the time of his seance and had woken up in some confusion. He was sure she'd been astrally travelling and found him.

Some years on from this the TV drama series Afterlife showed a woman in advanced dementia who could leave her body to talk to a psychic.
It reminded me strongly of my by then long-deceased Gran!
 

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WOW, that is amazing, makes you think, does it not?, so, some evil spirits that get contacted could be a bloody evil human
 

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I was listening to a story on radio 4 {so rock and roll and no i'm not over 70}about people with dementia who suddenly become lucid just before death. There have been numerous accounts of people witnessing family members with dementia remembering people around them who they had forgotten, just before they die. It was described at times as if the person had been elsewhere but returned.However there was no official written medical account.
 

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Here's another "tree man syndrome" (epidermodysplasia verruciformis) patient - this one in Gaza. I'm pleased to report this article relates how well his many surgeries and other interventions have succeeded in helping him live a more normal life.
'Tree Man' Gets Pioneering Surgery for Rare Skin Condition

A man in Gaza with an extremely rare skin condition dubbed "tree man syndrome" says his life has been changed by a pioneering surgical treatment, according to news reports.

The man, 44-year-old Mahmoud Taluli, has undergone four surgeries in the last two years to remove extensive, wood-like lesions on his hands, according to NPR. Prior to the surgeries, Taluli hadn't been able to use his hands for more than a decade.

"After years of suffering and solitude, I can finally live a normal life," Taluli told NPR. "I can play with my children. I can go to family events. I no longer need to cover my hands when I go out in public."

Taluli has a rare genetic condition called epidermodysplasia verruciformis, which makes him much more susceptible to skin infections caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), compared with the average person, according to a 2010 report of the condition published in the journal Disease Markers.

People with this condition have immune system problems that prevent them from properly fighting off HPVs — a group of more than 150 related viruses. In healthy people, HPVs often don't cause symptoms, but in people with epidermodysplasia verruciformis, the infections lead to the formation of wart-like skin lesions, which progress to malignant tumors in about 50% of patients, according to the 2010 report.

There is no cure or standard treatment for the condition. Taluli's treatment has involved doctors making deep incisions into the skin to remove thousands of lesions, NPR reported. This tissue removal often requires skin grafts from other parts of his body to help with healing. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.livescience.com/65907-tree-man-gaza-surgery.html

SEE ALSO: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsa...ndrome-says-he-can-finally-live-a-normal-life
 

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I was listening to a story on radio 4 {so rock and roll and no i'm not over 70}about people with dementia who suddenly become lucid just before death. There have been numerous accounts of people witnessing family members with dementia remembering people around them who they had forgotten, just before they die. It was described at times as if the person had been elsewhere but returned.However there was no official written medical account.
Don't think I heard that, can you recall which programme it was?
 

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Years ago my Gran had severe dementia and couldn't be left alone. She would often doze in a chair and when she was awake would claim to see children running through the room or dogs or cats wandering about, or people walking in and out of the room. She rarely recognised anyone who was really there.
was it Lewey Body? (sorry intrusive question). One of my tasks as Activities Manager was helping people to see the children, animals, dogs, fairies, dwarves and goblins as friendly and non-threatening.
 

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was it Lewey Body? (sorry intrusive question). One of my tasks as Activities Manager was helping people to see the children, animals, dogs, fairies, dwarves and goblins as friendly and non-threatening.
What a great job! Nope, it was common or garden Alzheimer's Dementia as far as I know. The sort where pious people start swearing foully and disliking folks they previously loved.

(My sister's posh mother in law had it. She began doting on my sister, whom she'd always despised as TOTALLY below her darling son, and viciously hating the other daughter in law who'd been the apple of her eye. Sis found it hilarious.)
 

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Castration Goes Wrong, Amateur Surgeon Arrested:

Considering castration?

If so, perhaps you should trust this delicate medical procedure to someone other than a 74-year-old fetishist you met online.

Responding to a Florida residence late Sunday night following a 911 hang-up call, police encountered homeowner Gary Van Ryswyk at the front door. The retiree explained that he “had that evening performed a castration to a male subject within the residence.”



"Just a little prick with a needle..."

Police then located the patient in the guest bedroom, where the man “was holding a bloody towel to his groin region.” On a table next to the bed was a jar containing the man’s testicles, according to an arrest report.

Since he was bleeding uncontrollably, the patient was flown to a Tampa hospital for “life saving measures.”

Van Ryswyk told cops that he met the patient through a web site for those interested in the eunuch lifestyle.

Van Ryswyk, who has no medical training, told police that when he was “younger and living on a farm,” he would have to “perform castrations on animals to include bulls and such.” Noting that “castration was a fetish of his as well,” Van Ryswyk added that he had “removed his own right testicle during the year 2012.”

A search of Van Ryswyk’s home in Sebring located a room that was “set up as a make shift surgical room,” complete with “cutting implements, gauzes, substances to clot blood, needles, and clamps used to restrict the blood flow to the testicles.”

Van Ryswyk, cops reported, said that during the botched castration he used “pain killer medication he bought from England through the internet.”

http://thesmokinggun.com/documents/bizarre/botched-home-surgery-370529

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Argh! In the early days of the internet, a certain message-board was often featured in jump-lists of crazy things one had to see.

Pictures took a while to download in those days, which is probably just as well. I have never forgotten the sequence of shots in which a man took out one of his testicles, skinned it and replaced it in his scrote! Not all the operations involved the spilling of blood. Would-be eunuchs were advised on how to obtain the powerful clamps, used for animal-castration.

There were plenty of active participants in the discussions and "cutters" who offered their services to "cuttees." There are plenty more Van Ryswyks out there! :jugg:


Edit: Footnote added with link 5 pm:

As a footnote, the following video is just one of many on Youtube which seem designed to celebrate the extreme cruelty of pig castration in India and the Philippines. Something you may well prefer not to see. It belongs in the Animal Cruelty thread but may not merit a separate post. I cannot find the original video I saw of this practice but it was even more horrible: the screaming piglet being tied upside-down to a post.
For some crazy reason, castration of piglets is often called "pig-circumcision" online.
 
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