Terry Wallis spent 19 years in a near-coma before largely recovering in 2003, so now my mere month of coma doesn’t look so unique any more.
Quote from a different report of Terry’s case:
Wallis was 19 when he suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him briefly in a coma and then in a minimally conscious state, in which he was awake but uncommunicative other than occasional nods and grunts, for more than 19 years.
"The nerve fibers from the cells were severed, but the cells themselves remained intact," unlike Schiavo, whose brain cells had died, said Dr. James Bernat, a neurologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire, who is familiar with the research.
I wonder what else can recover over time, if supported and left to its own devices?
It’s an amazingly cool healing process, so I also wonder how well medicine could do if we had real interaction with this. If someone with a smashed-up brain can self-recover, perhaps others with degenerative diseases can be deliberately induced to improve also?