Hi, I am new here. My brother had cardiac arrest on July 25, and he is in ICU ever since. He was 19 days in coma, GCS 4, than raised to 5, he had no reflexes, no reaction to whatsoever, no pupil reaction or reaction to pain stimuli. Doctors were only saying to us that "miracles can happen, and that they have seen some in their carrier". After 19 days he opened his eyes and he was back. Todays, 5 more weeks after .. he is still on ICU, waiting for place on rehab. Recovery goes slow, but every day is better than day before. He has fisio therapy every day, and responds well on it. His reflexes came back, and his strength is coming back. He still does not talk, although they removed his trach some weeks ago. Sometimes he mouths words, and sometimes we understand him, someday we do not. On first days after waking up, he could not move his legs or hands, or even head and body, today he can eat by him self . It lasts 70 minutes but he does it He can read, but he can not write. He still does not sit by himself, and does not walk, although with help of nurses and fisio he can make few steps. Some days he is very "present", he is here, and we know he understands us, he makes meaningful answers (mainly yes or no or mouthing words). Yet there are some other days when he is depressed, does not want to work on fisio, depressed, almost catatonic. Some days he acts like he is 5 yrs old, he wants to eat paper, or puts a pen in his mouth like it is spoon. We can not explain to him that he should not try to get rid of trach before when he had it, or he drowned out his stoma out of nose few times, than they stopped returning it, and now he has focus on brownila and caterer. So unfortunately, because of that he is tied to the bed most of the time, when he is alone, and that frustrates him. We can come during lunch time and feed him /help him eat, and also for dinner time. So we spend more than 2 hrs in total in hospital and help him. When we tell him what happened he is always surprised. When he just woke up he was slimming and spitting a lot. That stopped after few weeks. So, for what ever goes on we hope it is just a pfaze and just temporary. More and more he is "here", and focused on conversation. He understands humour and sarcasm, sometime. Every day a bit better than day before. I am always telling to my brother: " we will show them what is miracle, when we come back here with birthday cake next year and one candle on it"
is here anyone with full recovery? up to normal everyday life as before? how long it takes to start speaking again?