Locked-in nightmare

The Scream, by Edvard Munch

Can anyone hear my scream?

We’ve probably all experienced that horrible situation where we try to wake up and move but, somehow, can’t. We’ve probably all seen those horror movies where people are buried alive.

So, what about this real-life situation, which happened to American Richard Marsh, who suffered a stroke at the age of 60, and came round in a little-understood medical condition known as ‘locked-in syndrome’?

“The medics believed he was in a persistent vegetative state, devoid of mental consciousness or physical feeling.

“Nothing could have been further from the truth. Marsh was aware, alert and fully able to feel every touch to his body.”[1]

His first-hand testimony of his incredible and fortunate recovery certainly adds to the debate about the life-or-death choices doctors and family members have to face all too often.

[1]: The Guardian

Image source: Edvard Munch, ‘The Scream’: internet


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