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Coma Stories

Prof Jenny Kitzinger explores the reality of having a family member in a long-term coma, vegetative or minimally conscious state.

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30 minutes

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Thu 23 Jun 2016 18:30

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There are estimated to be several hundred people in vegetative or minimally conscious states in Wales - and, as medical interventions to save the body improve, numbers are growing. Their eyes often open, they cough; their hearts beat and they can breathe on their own. If they are vegetative they are supposed to have no awareness at all, but if they are 'minimally conscious' they are known to have moments of awareness.
This programme explores what it's like for the families who care for relatives in such conditions.

This programme draws on research interviews conducted by the Cardiff - York Coma and Disorders of Consciousness Research  Centre  to explore the challenges, emotions and dilemmas families confront.

If you care for someone in a similar situation,  you can find further information and support via

Picture credit: Tim Sanders