Coma patients tell their story

Coma patients tell their story


  • Today, many people wake up from their coma and can testify to what they have experienced.
  • A “real” coma can have several causes: head trauma, stroke, tumor, etc.
  • There are four stages of coma, which doctors can assess based on various criteria.

Coma is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating phenomena in the world of medicine. As the investigation progresses, the chances of getting out of it increase. Today, many people are waking up and can testify to what they have seen, experienced or heard: a tunnel to a white light, the impression of a separation of mind and body. A strange experience between dream and reality.

“These long and endless dreams where we live and where we feel everything”

“Once in a coma, I separated from my body quickly enough to wander. Without really knowing how, I managed to be with my loved ones”, told Laurence Musy that West of France. He remained in a coma for four months after a fall while skiing. Most people who fall into a coma have had close to real-world experiences. They often have a feeling of “being there without being there.”

In 2013, Julie Bourges was 20 years old when she suffered serious burns during her high school carnival. After the accident, she was put in an artificial coma for three months. She shared her experience on her Instagram account: “those long and endless dreams where we live and where we feel everything. (…) these delusions that make it so that once you wake up, you can no longer dissociate the dream from reality, as if disconnected”She explained.

In the diary midi-freeMartine Rondeaux gave her testimony: “I was in a house, in the middle of a huge family, beyond there was an old woman and a river. Not far away was death, the Grim Reaper. Every time she told her no, the old lady smiled. me.” She had been put into an artificial coma after a car accident. This approximates near-death experiences (NDEs) described by people resuscitated after cardiac arrest.

“I felt a total well-being, an ecstasy”

Joseph Garcia, 82, still remembers his period in a coma at age 21. “I found myself in a large ocher room, very beautiful, told midi free. I realized it was a tunnel. There was a white stain at the bottom. Just the white. Absolute white. I’ve never seen a target like this. Even the snow is not so white. I saw myself in the light, well, my shadow. I immediately felt very light. So I said to myself: ‘if this is what it is to die, I am not afraid of death’. Where he was, he felt a total well-being, an ecstasy. Nirvana, as they say now.

“For weeks in the hospital”, While the doctors attended to him, Joseph Garcia was “out of his body”. “Later, my roommates told me that I hadn’t stopped screaming and moaning and yet I didn’t feel anything. Then my body seized hiccups so violent that they shook the bed. They made me take syrups for days . The doctor said I would not last the night. I saw myself from above: as if someone else was in my place. It may seem illogical but it is so. “

4 stages of coma

Unlike the “artificial coma” caused by doctors, a “real” coma can have several causes: head trauma, cerebrovascular accident (CVA), tumor… There are four stages of coma, which doctors evaluate according to three criteria: openness of the eyes, motor response and verbal response. Compiling the results, they assess the degree of coma: from awake coma (the patient feels the pain and utters some intelligible phrases), to the so-called “mild” coma (the patient does not present any neurovegetative disorder), then coma carus (coma deep, lack of verbal and motor responses, neurovegetative disorder) and finally the overcome coma (also known as brain death).

To estimate its duration, doctors have several techniques at their disposal. Recently, Inserm developed a hearing test to assess a patient’s state of consciousness, which makes it possible to predict their future state. But we do know that the longer the coma, the greater its impact on the brain and vital organs.

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