August 3, 2005
Man Emerges from 'Vegetative State'Topics: The Truth About PVS
The Morning Call reported in early July the story of 14 year-old Renzo Viscardi who in 1998 fell into a coma after his heart stopped from an undiagnosed heart ailment. His parents were told his case was "hopeless".
Doctors told Renzo's parents that he had no brain activity, was in a "persistent vegetative state" and they should just accept "reality".
The doctors were wrong. Seven years later, Renzo, plays his guitar, is attending classes at Northampton Community College, works part time and is dreaming of his ultimate goal -- to live in his own home independent of his parents.
The article staes that independence is one of Renzo's top goals. "I want to be free," said Renzo, who remains disabled and speaks slowly and with effort.
Renzo's recovery benefited from the persistent efforts by his parents to seek treatment. They played music to stimulate their son's brain and sought alternative treatments,
Posted by tim at August 3, 2005 12:43 AM
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