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Coma

Coma is a state of unconsciousness in which a person cannot be awakened; fails to respond normally to painful stimuli, light, or sound; lacks a normal wake-sleep cycle; and does not initiate voluntary actions. A person in a state of coma is described as being comatose. A distinction is made in the medical community between a real coma and a medically induced coma, the former is a result of circumstances beyond the control of the medical community, while the latter is a means by which medical professionals may allow a patient's injuries to heal in a controlled environment.

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My aunt Cielo recently fell and hit her head causing her to slip into a coma within minutes. Her brain had shifted to one side and she had a blood clot the size of a grapefruit which doctors surgically removed. Her recovery and memory of it all is nothing short of a miracle. More of her story can be found in the link posted !

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