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Dad overjoyed as daughter speaks after 20 years mute vegetative state
CHN EDITOR'S NOTE: Comment below by Nancy Valko, RN.
Comment: When stories like this have been mentioned during cases like Terri's, Nancy Cruzan's, etc., the so-called legal and medical "experts" always deny that the potential "right to die" victims are anything like the people who have just recovered or improved. Which is nonsense of course but it seems that most of the media just wants Terri's case over with and her death will certainly do that. And it's just too risky for the "right to die" groups to let Terri live and perhaps improve.
Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Sara Scantlin hasn't said a word since the night a drunk driver ran into her. The accident in 1984 left her bound to a wheelchair, in a vegetative state. Doctors told her parents she was lucky to even survive. Jim and Betsy Scantlin learned to cope with the fact their daughter would be silent forever.
"You don't want to give up hope, but it's a hopeless situation," says Jim.
The Scantlin's held out hope. Friday Night the phone rang. Jim didn't believe his wife's conversation. "I'll be darned. She's not talking about Sara. She's talking too her," says Jim. "I got on the phone and she said hi dad. I didn't ever think I would hear that again."
The story of Sara's injury starts a year before the accident with the drunk driver who hit her. Doug brown had a brain injury himself from a summer roofing job, leaving him in a severe state of depression. Jim says Brown's family coaxed him to go out that night as a way to cheer up. "Physically blind in one eye and dead drunk in the other eye, he came by and hit Sara and didn't even know he did it."
With that all in the past, the Scantlins look forward to making up two lost decades. To read the Fact Finder 12 related story that discusses the medical side to Sara's story, click here.
SARA'S FATHER SPEAKS http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=2373436n&channel=/elements/2007/01/18/in_depth_health/videoarchive2370731_1_videosection_page.shtml
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KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
Wednesday, February 9, 2005
A local neurosurgeon says a number of factors could have contributed to Sara Scantlin’s change. The left frontal lobe of the brain is where Sara's mother, Betsy, says her daughter's brain was severely damaged. In 1984, doctors removed a blood clot the size of a fist from Sara's brain.
Neurosurgeon, Dr. John Gorecki, says the brain does not do a good job of repairing itself that's why he says what happened with Sara is surprising.
A doctor once described to James Scantlin, Sara’s father, what happened to his daughter’s brain by saying it’s like taking a computer and dropping it off a ten story building and expecting it to work. But Dr. Gorecki says while most people agree computers are complex, they are primitive compared to the human brain.
“Computers are designed so that you can't fix them so you have to replace them when they break. The brain doesn't heal very well.”
That's the most puzzling part of Sara's story because after two decades Sara's brain put enough pieces together to communicate again. Dr. Gorecki says injuries on the left side of the brain can be the most dangerous. Just beyond the left frontal lobe is the language section. Dr. Gorecki says the language section could have been damaged in Sara's brain, and it's probably the most important section. When that part is damaged, it's very difficult for a patient to communicate, recover and recuperate.
The Scantlin family is having a celebration for Sara on Saturday. We'll be there to follow her story. You can read more in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Hutchinson News.
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