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People Share Their Own Experiences Of What It Feels Like To Be In Coma

By GARGI CHAKRAVORTY, 28 April 2018

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In today’s highly unsafe world, many of us have had loved ones and family members in a temporary or persistent coma. No doubt this is a nerve-racking time to endure for family and friends but have you ever wondered what a patient experiences when they are in a coma? This condition is still a mystery to medical science and not much has been revealed even after research. We rely completely on personal experiences narrated by patients who have defeated their comatose condition to wake up and tell the tale. Well be warned, some of the experiences are really disturbing and downright creepy as well.

1 “You could wake up and have no control over your body”

One Redditor with the name TheOpus described it as waking up from a deep slumber but completely paralyzed. He could hear, understand and comprehend everything around him but cannot speak, scream or move any of his limbs to communicate. It’s damn scary, right? Some people have had panic attacks at this helpless stage and their condition deteriorates but Opus describes how he tried to focus on his breath and the sounds of the machines around him and tried to calm his brain. This helped him to sleep off and eventually get better. 

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2 “You hear things like a person reading a book or new patients screaming”

"I'm a burn survivor. I was in an explosion in my backyard when I was seven years old. While I was in the hospital, I was in a medically induced coma to make my chances of surviving higher.”

These were the words of a Redditor XxBURNBOYxX who recalled his dad reading him the story of the “Magic Tree House”. He could also hear screams of other burn patients around him. He couldn’t do anything to show his gratitude towards his father’s storytelling. Neither could he let anyone know he could hear his family talking or the screams around him. Gut wrenching, as he was just 7 years old when admitted to hospital in an induced coma. 

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3 “You Could Think You Died”

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According to Tinman556 on Reddit “I spent eight days in a coma last year after a particularly traumatic surgery, my waking thoughts were wondering if I had died or made it. I couldn’t open my eyes and I was on a medical air mattress so I felt like I was floating.”

This is by far the most common and logical conclusion that patients have due to their obvious condition. Since many patients have their eye closed they can’t even see anything around them and sort of fade into the oblivion of their minds convincing themselves that they are dead. This is what Tinman described.He realized he was alive but tried to communicate with nurses in his intubated and incubated condition which was a huge struggle as he couldn’t do so.

He thought he was a war veteran who was injured and worried that his wife didn’t know he was alive. When he recovered he was told that his wife was with him the entire time, even during his hallucination. When he would fight and struggle against medical staff, she would hold his hand and sing to him to calm him down. “It still brings tears to my eyes to think of the love and devotion she has shown to me during this time." 

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