After 15 years in vegetative state, man responds to nerve stimulation
- Vagus nerve stimulation is a technique used for epilepsy and depression
- After a month of stimulation, the man’s attention, movements and brain activity improved
(CNN)A car accident at 20 years old left a French man in a vegetative state for 15 years. But after neurosurgeons implanted a vagus nerve stimulator in his chest, the man, now 35, is showing signs of consciousness, according to a study published Monday in the journal Current Biology.