Catastrophe of Coma: A Way Back

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Coma, or the state of unconsciousness, is a catastrophe. It indicates that major damage to the brain has occurred. It often follows severe brain injury, brain infections such as meningitis and encephalitis, and bleeding into the brain such as strokes or sub-arachnoid haemorrhage. The orthodox medical view has been that little can be done to accelerate the patient's arousal from coma. Very often, little is done with these patients and the longer the period of coma, the worse the eventual outcome. In this book the importance of the family as the providers of care, and their central position as the primary therapist, is detailed. Step by step, the family is shown how to deal with this catastrophe, how to move from the emotion of despair to practical reality, and the importance of hope. They are shown how to make their own diagnosis of the patient and how to provide the therapy which they alone can give. How to co-operate with the health care professions in attempting to restore the patient to the conscious state, and how to continue rehabilitation.

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