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First Terri Schiavo, now Sarah Scantlin.

by James Denison / April 5, 2005 10:03 AM PDT
20 years comatose woman awakes

A U.S. woman who has spent the past 20 years in a coma-like state has inexplicably awoken and can now speak, news reports said Friday.

Sarah Scantlin was 18 years old when, as a pedestrian, she was injured in a hit-and-run accident that left her in a semi-vegetative condition, aware of her surroundings but unable to speak or move.......

Scantlin's parents unexpectedly received a phone call last week from the nursing home where their now-38-year-old daughter resides. However, instead of the call being about Sarah, it was actually from Sarah.

"Hi Mom," she said to her mother........(the rest at link)

I guess they won't be needing to autopsy this one. I'm so glad for her parents.
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RE: "Although Scantlin started making indiscernible noises
by caktus / April 5, 2005 11:00 AM PDT

a couple of years ago, she remained unresponsive except for the ability to make eye contact."

Doesn't that pretty much describe Terri a couple of weeks ago?

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by James Denison / April 5, 2005 11:24 AM PDT

Yes, it does sound like Terri. That's what jumped out at me. Could Terri have been in the first stages of what this girl had already managed to work through? Terri had 15 years, this girl had 20. Where would Terri have been at 20 years. It's a tough call. I was also wondering how this "teenager" felt when she woke up and discovered herself 20 years older, or if she was aware of it before then?

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Except for the
by dirtyrich / April 5, 2005 1:08 PM PDT

big gaping hole in Terri's head where much of her brain was supposed to be.
To an individual unfamiliar with conciousness disorders, yes, the outward symptoms do seem the same. The causes, and the chances of recovery, are drastically different. No matter what quacks on TV might have said, there was no possibility of Terri regenerating neurons within her brain.

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(NT) (NT) How do we tell one "quack" from another here in SE?
by caktus / April 5, 2005 5:26 PM PDT
In reply to: Except for the
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Caktus, you start with a blind evaluation of a CAT scan w/o

identifying the subject, as CBS News did with Terry's about a month ago, before the case gained nearly so much notoriety. The doctor's verdict: no possibility of conscious mental function, ever. You might also consider that all the judges and doctors who found in Michael's favor over all these years might possible have evaluated the evidence fairly, without having a particular axe to grind, unlike those protesting outside her hospice.

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Not quite the same, it seems
by MarciaB / April 5, 2005 11:16 AM PDT

but the media will make it seem so.

From a 3/31/05 article:
According to her mother Sarah was never in a vegetative state. She could blink her eyes to answer yes or no and she was aware of her surroundings. Doctors say that's not true for Terri Schiavo. Doctors say Schiavo is unresponsive despite home video of her smiling and blinking her eyes.

Another one from February:
However, Scantlin's case is unlike many others -- which is why her situation can't be lumped in the same category with someone such as Terri Schiavo, for example, in Florida.

So very happy for her and her parents. I hope the news for them continues to be good.


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(NT) (NT) Glad the committee didn't decide she was a vegetable.
by Kiddpeat / April 5, 2005 3:09 PM PDT
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First Terri, now someone
by Dan McC / April 6, 2005 1:52 AM PDT

with a completely different medical condition.


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