Man in coma: I screamed, but there was nothing to hear

Posted Nov 23, 2009 by Andrew Moran
Imagine being paralyzed for decades and hearing every single word around you? Well, one Belgian man was fully conscious after doctors believed he was in a coma for 23 years.
In 1983, Brussels resident Rom Houben was in a tragic car accident and doctors concluded he went into a coma. The family tried telling doctors that they thought he was fully conscious and even searched for further medical advice, according to the Associated Press.
But now, reports, after 23 years the 46-year-old Houben can communicate through the aid of a computer and told Daily Mail that he “dreamed himself away.” Scientists from the University of Liege in Belgium determined that he was fully paralyzed but was completely aware of his general surroundings. Three years ago he woke up due to research by coma specialists at the university.
“I shall never forget the day when they discovered what was truly wrong with me – it was my second birth. All that time I just literally dreamt of a better life. Frustration is too small a word to describe what I felt.”
Asia Times Online reports that Houben will spend the rest of his life in the hospital but can communicate freely with friends and family.