This story does not inspire a great deal of faith in the medical profession:
Mr Houben’s story was revealed in a paper written by Steven Laureys, a doctor at Liege University who wrote a recent paper that detailed the case.
In it, Mr Laureys said that in about 40% of cases in which people are classified as being in a vegetative state, closer inspection reveals signs of consciousness.
Not sure about everyone else, but I don’t find a 40% error rate particularly comforting. I will have to brief Mrs. O’Laranon on this issue, just in case…